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Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror , suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies [ 9 ] and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books. King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman , and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly two hundred short stories, most of which have been collected in nine collections of short fiction.
Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy , horror , and science fiction genres. He is perhaps best known as the author of The Shrinking Man , Hell House , What Dreams May Come , Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time ), A Stir of Echoes , and I Am Legend , all of which have been adapted as major motion pictures, the last at least three times. Matheson also wrote several television episodes of The Twilight Zone for Rod Serling , including " Nightmare at 20,000 Feet " and " Steel ".
Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack", was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist , literary critic, essayist, lay theologian , and Christian apologist from Belfast , Ireland . He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–1963.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien , CBE ( pron.: / ˈ t ɒ l k iː n / ; [ a ] 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist , and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit , The Lord of the Rings , and The Silmarillion . He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, Oxford , from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at Merton College, Oxford from 1945 to 1959. [ 1 ] He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis —they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings . Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972. After his death, Tolkien's son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion .
George Raymond Richard Martin [ 1 ] (born September 20, 1948), sometimes referred to as GRRM , [ 2 ] is an American screenwriter and author of fantasy , horror , and science fiction . He is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire , his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for their dramatic series Game of Thrones . Martin was selected by Time magazine as one of the "2011 Time 100", a list of the "most influential people in the world". [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ edit ] Biography George R.
Terry Goodkind (born in 1948 [ 2 ] ) is an American writer and author of the epic fantasy The Sword of Truth series as well as the contemporary suspense novel The Law of Nines , which has ties to his fantasy series, and The Omen Machine , which is a direct sequel thereof. Before his success as an author, Goodkind worked primarily as a painter, as well as doing carpentry and woodworking. Goodkind is a proponent of Ayn Rand 's philosophical approach of Objectivism , [ 1 ] [ 3 ] with references to Rand's ideas and novels in his works. [ 4 ] The Sword of Truth series sold twenty-five million copies worldwide and was translated into more than twenty languages. [ 5 ] It was adapted into a television series called Legend of the Seeker ; it premiered on November 1, 2008 and ran for two seasons, ending in May, 2010. [ 6 ] [ edit ] Biography
Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett , OBE (born 28 April 1948) is an English author of fantasy novels , especially comical works . [ 4 ] He is best known for the Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People , was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel ( The Colour of Magic ) was published in 1983, he has written two books a year on average. His latest Discworld book, Snuff , was at the time of its release the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-audience novel since records began in the United Kingdom , selling 55,000 copies in the first three days. [ 5 ] Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s, [ 6 ] [ 7 ] and has sold over 70 million books worldwide in 37 languages. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US. [ 10 ]
It is September 1, 2660, and a genius sits in his study, resting up prior to a remarkable display of his scientific prowess. Tomorrow he will demonstrate to scientists that a dog three years technically dead, but preserved with rare elements, can be resuscitated back to life by a simple blood transfusion. He stretches, revealing a huge frame, much taller than the average human, his height approaching that of extraterrestrials.
Glen David Brin , Ph.D. (born October 6, 1950) is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction . He has received the Hugo , [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Locus , [ 3 ] [ 4 ] [ 5 ] Campbell [ 6 ] and Nebula Awards . [ 7 ] [ edit ] Biography Brin was born in Glendale, California in 1950. In 1973, he graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in astrophysics .
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke , CBE , FRAS , Sri Lankabhimanya , (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer and inventor, [ 2 ] and futurist . [ 3 ] He is famous for his short stories and novels, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World . [ 4 ] [ 5 ] For many years Robert A. Heinlein , Isaac Asimov , and Clarke were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction. [ 6 ] Clarke served in the Royal Air Force as a radar instructor and technician from 1941 to 1946.
Robert Anson Heinlein ( pron.: / ˈ h aɪ n l aɪ n / HYN -lyn ; [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers", [ 4 ] he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre in his time. He set a standard for scientific and engineering plausibility, and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was one of the first science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s.
Isaac Asimov ( / ˈ aɪ z ɨ k ˈ æ z ɨ m ɒ v / EYE -zək AZ -ə-mov ; [ 2 ] born Isaak Yudovich Ozimov ; Russian : Исаак Юдович Озимов ; c. January 2, 1920 [ 1 ] – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University , best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards . [ 3 ] His works have been published in nine out of ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System . [ 4 ] His only works in the 100s—which covers philosophy and psychology—were forewords for The Humanist Way (1988) and In Pursuit of Truth (1982), a festschrift in honor of philosopher Sir Karl Popper 's 80th birthday. [ 5 ] Asimov is widely considered a master of hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C.