An author is the original person who concepts and writes the majority of a literary work. Some authors may just concept the idea and write with a team (of 1 or more authors), in this case the authors are listed as co-authors or the person concept-ed the idea is listed as the attributing (main) ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

20
votes
3answers
2k views

Who was the first Science Fiction author to have a celestial body named after them?

Who was the first Science Fiction author to be honored in real life by having a celestial body named after them?
15
votes
4answers
932 views

Pronunciation of Van Vogt

How did A. E. van Vogt pronounce his last name? Does it rhyme with joked, goat, or go? I'm looking for an authoritative answer, preferably a direct quotation from Van Vogt himself or a personal ...
10
votes
2answers
733 views

Is there a public domain English translation of Somnium (1608), by Johannes Kepler?

In the question What is the earliest work considered to be Science Fiction? Somnium (Latin for "The Dream") was written in 1608, in Latin, by Johannes Kepler is offered as possibly the earliest work ...
0
votes
1answer
91 views

Is there a way to get in touch with Barry Hughart? [closed]

... author of Bridge of Birds? A friend of mine would like to enquiry about the possibility to translate the three novels in a foreign language, and what the terms would be for this. I have tried to ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

“Unblessed” author Paul Richards-Did he write anything else?

The book "Unblessed" deals with the African spider demon Anansi. It is based on a true legend from the Congo. Did the author Paul Richards write anything else? I thought the book was fantastic and ...
11
votes
6answers
1k views

Do authors ever create conflicting canon to irk fussy fans? [closed]

I know that this site is the haven for anyone who loves to dig deep into their favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Even for a new visitor, from scrolling through this site shows that there's an awful lot ...
5
votes
2answers
256 views

Story Identification: Were-animals/shifters lead by human alpha/leader?

I'm looking for the title of a book-series - I'm pretty sure it was a trilogy when I ran into it, but books may have been added. It's possible I may mix in details from other books/series I've read, ...
1
vote
2answers
186 views

Is there a sci fi novel, where humans were segregated by their access to artificial genetic improvements? [closed]

I am curious how segregation is criticized among science fiction novelists. Nowadays there are already stigmas and limits in regard to race and culture. Could the inclusion of genetic improvements ...
2
votes
1answer
176 views

Has anyone else written about Terry Pratchett's other worlds?

Prior to writing about the Discworld, Terry Pratchett wrote about the worlds of Strata, and Carpet People and later the Bromeliad Trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, Wings). These settings have not seen as ...
4
votes
1answer
75 views

Looking for any biographical info on Terence Haile, author of Space Train

It is a very bad book, but we are trying to clear the copyright to turn it into an ebook nonetheless. Google and Wikipedia are silent on the topic.
2
votes
1answer
287 views

Fantasy short story featuring a character named Pepsi

10-15 years ago I read a short story collection that I would like to read again. One story had a character named Pepsi. He was a boy of about 10-15 years old. There was a wonderful passage about the ...
13
votes
1answer
303 views

Is there any information about what Alan Moore had in mind for expanding the Watchman franchise?

Alan Moore stated back in 1985 that if the original Watchmen mini-series was well-received, he and Gibbons would possibly create a 12-issue prequel series called Minutemen featuring the 1940s ...
7
votes
3answers
345 views

Who is the first author who mentions that Vampires can reproduce?

With the latest movie of Twilight saga I came to understanding that Vampires can have children. According to Wikipedia entry it is only possible between male vampire and human female. If it is part ...
3
votes
1answer
83 views

Best way to stay informed on an author without much of a web presence?

I am a Ted Chiang fan and I find it quite frustrating that he has no website, no Twitter account, no Facebook account etc. What is the best way to stay in touch with the man and his work short of ...
13
votes
3answers
1k views

Does J.K. Rowling deny writing fantasy?

From this article (about the recent protest from SFF authors against BBC's discriminatory behaviour). JK Rowling sadly felt she had to deny she was writing fantasy with her Harry Potter series ...
13
votes
2answers
553 views

Who *really* wrote the Rama sequels?

The Rama sequels, starting with Rama II and on, are co-authored by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. I'm wondering if there are any sources (e.g., interviews) discussing Clarke's impact or ...
25
votes
5answers
958 views

What influence did H.P. Lovecraft have on science fiction?

The main focus of Lovecraft's works are indeed... aliens. Lots and lots of aliens. Some visited Earth and lived on it. Some battled between themselves. Some built cities. Some destroyed cities. Some ...