Gregory Dale Bear was born on August 20, 1951 in San Diego, California. Among his greatest hits in science fiction there’s the novelette “Blood Music”, the novels “Eon”, “The Forge of God”, “Moving Mars”, “Darwin’s Radio” and many others. He won several Hugo and Nebula awards.
Julian May was born on July 10, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Elmwood Park, a suburb of Chicago. She wrote several science fiction and fantasy novels. She’s most famous for the Pliocene Exile / Galactic Milieu saga.
James Benjamin Blish was born on May 23, 1921 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. In 1968 he moved to Oxford, England, where he worked until his death in 1975 from lung cancer. He’s famous for writing the Cities in Flight saga, the novel “A Case of Conscience” and many other space travel and colonization stories. He also wrote many Star Trek novels and anthologies.
René Barjavel was born on January 24, 1911 in Nyons, France. His father was a baker, his grandparents were peasants and his origins influenced his work.
Algirdas Jonas Budrys (picture ©William Shunn) was born on January 9, 1931 in Königsberg, East Prussia. His father was consul general of the exiled Lithuanian government and in 1936 his family found sanctuary in the U.S.A., where he lived for the rest of his life.