Douglas Adams

Douglas Noel Adams was born on March 11, 1952 in Cambridge, England. Douglas Adams is particularly famous for writing “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series, adapted into a radio series, a series of novels, a television series, two movies and a number of stage plays.

Mike Resnick in 2005

Michael Diamond Resnick was born on March 5, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. During his long career, Mike Resnick wrote more than 200 adult novels under various pseudonyms and a lot of science fiction novels and short fiction winning 5 Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award.

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.