Fredric Brown was born October 29, 1906 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He’s still famous as a mystery / detective story and science fiction writer. In the field of science fiction he’s famous for his very short stories with a twist at the end. Among his most famous short stories there are “Arena”, (1944), adapted into a “Star Trek” original series episode, and in particular “Sentry” (1954). Fredric Brown died on March 11, 1972.

H.G. Wells photographed by George Charles Beresford in 1920

Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Bromley, a suburb of Greater London, England. Thanks to a number of novels H.G. Wells was already considered one of the fathers of what at the time was called scientific romance, the forerunner of today’s fiction. Wells was trying to give his stories a certain plausibility, however, he also developed psychological and social elements. The scientific part of his stories was important but the ethical and moral ones they were even more so. H.G. Wells died on August 13, 1946, leaving a huge legacy composed of many works of various literary genres but also essays and various type of articles.

William Fitzgerald Jenkins, that was his real name, was born on June 16, 1896 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He signed various detective stories and westerns with the pseudonym Will F. Jenkins and even two romance novels under the pseudonym Louisa Carter Lee occasionally using other pseudonyms. However, gradually he specialized in fantasy, horror and especially science fiction stories, which generally signed as Murray Leinster. Murray Leinster died on June 8, 1975. He was one of the most important pioneers of science fiction since he began writing stories of that genre even before the name was invented. He was among the few who managed to keep on being successful when science fiction passed its pulp magazines phase and had an important influence on many writers of the following generations.

Rudy Rucker in 2004

Rudolf von Bitter Rucker was born on March 22, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The philosopher G. W. F. Hegel was his great-great-great-grandfather. Rudy Rucker is famous as a novel and essay writer. Among his most famous novels there are the ones that form the “ware” tetralogy. Among his essays there are “Infinity and the Mind” (1982) and “The Fourth Dimension. A Guided Tour of the Higher Universes” (1984).

Connie Willis in 1998

Constance Elaine Trimmer, this is her birth name, was born on December 31, 1945 in Denver, Colorado, USA. She’s known mostly for her short fiction, which received the most important science fiction awards a number of times. Including her novels, Connie Willis has won a total of 11 Hugo awards and 7 Nebula awards.