Greg Egan was born on August 20, 1961, in Perth, Australia. His novels are: “Quarantine”, “Permutation City”, “Distress”, “Diaspora”, “Teranesia”, “Schild’s Ladder”, “Incandescence”, “Zendegi” and “Orthogonal: Book One: the Clockwork Rocket”. Among his great works there’s also the novella “Oceanic”.

Greg Bear at the World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow in 2005

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.