Alice Mary Norton, this is her birth name, was born on February 17, 1912 in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice Norton, a more masculine name that seemed more suited to a market in which readers were mostly boys. For her 70-year career she’s known as the Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Irish science fiction writer Bob Shaw was born on December 31, 1931 in Belfast, Ireland. He’s particularly famous for the idea of slow glass, which slows down the passage of light for even years so that people can see the past, but he wrote many more stories in which he developed several other ideas.

Anne McCaffrey in 2005

News came of the death of American science fiction and fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey on Monday following a massive stroke at her home in Ireland. She was particularly famous for the Dragonriders of Pern series but she wrote many other stories.

Steven Moffat at Comic Con 2008

Steven Moffat was born on November 18, 1961 in Paisley, Scotland. He’s a writer and executive producer of “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock”. In the past he wrote and produced various sitcoms and “Jekyll”.

Anne Rice in 2006

Frances Howard Allen O’Brien, this is her real name, was born on October 4, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She decided to be called Anne on her first day of school. She had great success with the Chronicles of the Vampires, a series of novels that sold millions of copies around the world.