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5 Great Sci-Fi Authors of Our Generation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

If you’re one to dive straight into the fantastical, then science fiction, or sci-fi as it’s commonly called, is the genre for you. With action, drama, and technology all thrown in together, alongwith a heavy dose of space, time travel, and maybe even some robots, an interesting read is pretty much guaranteed.

Here’s a list of 5 great authors in the one genre that basically covers all genres within it.

 

1. Isaac Isamov

The king of the fantastic, Isaac Isamov will not only make you love robots, but fear them too. Though he was a professor by profession, he devoted quite a bit of time and energy towards his novels, and ended up publishing over 500 books throughout his career.

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Image source – Encyclopedia Britannica

 

2. Arthur C. Clarke

Called the “Prophet of the Space Age”, Arthur Clarke is not only a multiple award winner, but also beloved author of one of the all time classics. And if you have read The Space Odyssey, go now. Seriously, go read it now.

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Image source – Telegraph.uk

 

3. H.G. Wells

Ok, so we’re cheating with this one (because he’s technically not of this generation), but then again, he’s too good not to mention. With classics like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds under his belt, is it any wonder why we’re bending the rules for him? For many, his books were the first introduction to the fantastical and wild.

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Image source – Famous Biographies

 

4. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451, is one of the most prolific writers of the 21st Century. He has also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. The Martian Chronicles is another of his beloved works.

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Image source – firewireblog.com

 

5. William Gibson

New age sci-fi is all about technology and the rise of the information age, and Gibson is the one who took on the challenge of that integration absolutely seamlessly. His novels set the stage for the coming of the internet, and how all encompassing and involved virtual realities are. Interesting fact – he’s also the credited with coining the term ‘cyberspace’.

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Image source – Amazon UK

 

Happy Reading!

Famous Novels Penned in about a Month

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Seasoned authors will often tell you that starting work on a novel is easy. What’s difficult is finishing it. And that’s because, as you plough your way through your story, creating and eliminating characters and weaving tales of delight and dread, self-doubt, laziness, boredom and a host of other evils destroy your motivation and attention levels. That’s why, instead of spending decades on their novels, some smart authors chose to give themselves just a month to finish their book. Did this mean that they compromised on the quality of the work? Not at all! In fact, their novels have enjoyed a cult status, becoming the most read works of our times. Here are some novels that were penned in little over a month.

On The Road – Jack Kerouac

Although Jack Kerouac spent many years travelling through America, all the while noting down his memorable experiences, he took just three weeks to compile his notes and feelings into this long, adventurous read! He wrote the draft of the book on a 120 foot long piece of teletype paper which he created by sticking numerous sheets together.

on the road

A Study in Scarlet – Arthur Conan Doyle

This book is special because it introduced our favourite detective to us for the first time – the svelte, suave and shrewd Sherlock Holmes. Mr. Doyle, however, took just three weeks to create this fine piece of fiction, problem, solution and all!

The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas – John Boyne

While telling this story of a young Jewish boy living through the Holocaust, the Irish novelist says that he was so absorbed in his tale that he kept writing without a break for two and half days, and finished the novel! He didn’t even stop to eat or sleep!

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

This book gave birth to one of the most famous villains of our time – Scrooge. Yes, that grumpy, grouchy, miserly man who cared for nothing but money. The story of his transformation is heartening and loved by youngsters and adults alike. However, it didn’t take Dickens long to weave this cautionary tale, for he finished the book in just six weeks!

christmas

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

This novel was adapted into a film by the same name. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, it went on to become a critically acclaimed movie, especially loved by the freethinkers of our world. But, the author never imagined the level of success and fame his book would enjoy. In fact, he admits that he wrote the book in just three weeks and did it only because he needed the money!

Well, this just goes to show that the time taken to finish a work has very little impact on its quality. You don’t have to cook up a story that will take decades to write. Even a simple, relatable plot is enough to garner attention. So, what are you waiting for? Get to work on that idea you’ve been wanting to write about immediately!

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Before Breathing their Last – Last Words of Famous Writers

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

These literary greats have spent entire lifetimes crafting perfect sentences for their works. Finding the right word or analogy to express an emotion or thought isn’t an easy task and the job has consumed many, if not all, of their waking hours. However, when it’s time to fall into that eternal slumber, one most honestly described as, well, death, their eloquence lapses into a steely silence. But, before they breathe their last, there’s still time for that famous departing present, commonly referred to as ‘last words.’ It’s interesting how these barely audible, mostly muddled sentences enjoy a level of popularity even the most cryptic novels never have. But, who are we to judge, after all, we’re the ones writing the article! Here’s pandering to this morbid obsession, here are the last words of some of the most famous authors we’ve read and revered!

Aldous Huxley smoking, circa 1946

“LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.” – Aldous Huxley

The man who gave us one of the most interesting science fiction works chose to keep his imagination alive till the last. He asked his wife to inject him with LSD so that he could pass away in a state of mind that granted him happiness.

“It’s been a long time since I drank champagne.”- Anton Chekhov

This celebrated short story writer wanted one last shot at the good life and requested for morphine and champagne moments before he passed away!

“Now, I shall go to sleep.” – Lord Byron

This passionate poet who urged us to love in true Byronic fashion uttered the calmest words of his life on his deathbed.

“Kill me! Or are you a murderer!” – Franz Kafka

One of the most profound writers of our time, his unconventional outlook permeated much of his work and this is what makes his stories so intriguing. His last words too, which were directed at the doctor who refused to give him a lethal dose of morphine, leave you stunned. When you grasp the meaning however, you can’t help but marvel at his intelligence.

“I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room, and God damn it, died in a hotel room.” – Eugene O’Neill

This Nobel laureate was hit with one of the saddest realizations on his deathbed. Well, at least his books were never confined to a hotel room, they’re in library shelves all around the world!