Blogs about writers

News arrived of the death of the writer Michael Bishop, which occurred on Monday, November 13. Since the end of June 2023, he was in a hospice. He didn’t feel close to death but his health problems led him to that decision.

Peter Straub in 2009

The news arrived of the death of writer Peter Straub, which happened on September 4. According to the information that emerged, his death occurred due to complications that followed a hip fracture.

Over the course of decades of his career, Peter Straub has received ten Bram Stoker Awards for his works including novels, stories fiction, anthologies, and a special career award in 2005. He also received three World Fantasy Awards for his works and one for his career, a Special Award from the International Horror Guild as a Living Legend in 2005, and the World Horror Grandmaster Award in 1997.

The news of Peter Straub’s death was given by his daughter Emma. It was followed by a comment by Stephen King, who reminded his colleague and friend. Many more words of esteem have come from colleagues, critics, and fans who appreciated his works for decades.

Gregory Benford in 2008

Gregory Albert Benford was born on January 30, 1941 in Mobile, Alabama, USA. In 1965, Gregory Benford started the science fiction fanzine “Void” with his twin brother Jim. In the same year he published his first short story, “Stand-In” in the “Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction”. In 1969 he began writing a science column for “Amazing Stories”. This combined his work as a science fiction writer with the one as a scientist as Benford worked as a researcher in the fields of astrophysics and plasma physics and was among the authors of over 200 scientific articles.

Because of his education, he has always tried to develop scientifically plausible stories that are interesting at the same time. For this reason, he wrote works in which the technical-scientific side is strongly developed using it to create stories in which, for example, there are intriguing aliens. In recent years his activity as a writer is limited, but he has written works of such value as to place him among the great science fiction writers.

Writer James Gunn passed away yesterday, December 23, 2020. Last Saturday he was taken to the emergency room for heart problems, and those are probably what caused his death. Statements from the University of Kansas, where he was a professor emeritus, mentioned generic natural causes.

Over the course of his very long career, James Gunn has received various awards for both his work as a writer and as an editor of science fiction anthologies and essays. He’s been important in various ways in the field of science fiction and leaves a strong legacy.

The writer Ben Bova passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020. He had contracted Covid-19 and had complications that led to pneumonia aggravated by a stroke.

Ben Bova was eclectic not only as an author, having been president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. He lectured at universities and conferences and was also a radio and television commentator, always on topics related to science and science fiction.

With his works, Ben Bova spread for decades ideas related to various scientific and technological advances, and that humanity will expand into space. He will be still appreciated for a long time to come.