10 Influential Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Authors with birthdays in August

Occasionally we feature an author in our monthly newsletter (subscribe). This month we’re highlighting 10 influential authors with birthdays in August. The following authors are notable for their contribution to the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

David Gemmell

David Gemmell
~ August 1, 1948 — July 28, 2006 ~
Is a bestselling British heroic fantasy author. The Legend Award is named after Gemmell’s first and most popular novel Legend.
“A man should be free to do what he wants to do, as long as it doesn’t hurt others.”

— Legend —

Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony
~ August 6, 1934 ~
Author in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He is most famous for his long-running novel series set in the fictional realm of Xanth.
“When you steal from the library, you are preventing anyone else from reading that book, and the very notion makes me want to drop you in the Void.”

— Golem in the Gears (Xanth, #9) —

Hugo Gernsback

Hugo Gernsback
~ August 16, 1884 — August 19, 1967 ~
Best known for publications including the first science fiction magazine. The prestigious Hugo Award is named after him.
“Science-fiction … can be defined as: Imaginative extrapolation of true natural phenomena, existing now, or likely to exist in the future.”

Rachel Pollack

Rachel Pollack
~ August 17, 1945 ~
An American science fiction author, comic book writer, and expert on divinatory tarot. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the World Fantasy Award.
“We tend to misunderstand the colour black, seeing it as evil, or negation of life. Rather, black means all things being possible, infinite energy of life before consciousness has constructed any boundaries. When we fear blackness or darkness we fear the deep unconscious source of life itself.”

H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft
~ August 20, 1890 — March 15, 1937 ~
An American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction.
“I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury
~ August 22, 1920 — June 5, 2012 ~
Widely known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 as well as his science fiction and horror story collections.
“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”

— Fahrenheit 451 —

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card
~ August 24, 1951 ~
Science Fiction and Fantasy author widely known for this Enders series. First and only person to win the Hugo and Nebula awards for a novel and its sequel, two years in a row.
“Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”

— Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) —

James Tiptree Jr

James Tiptree Jr.
(Alice Bradley Sheldon)
~ August 24, 1915 — May 19, 1987 ~
Hugo Award winning Science fiction author wrote under an asumed male name for years without anyone knowing her true identity. She worked by correspondence with Philip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison and Ursula Le Guin.
“I’ve had too many experiences in my life of being the first woman in some damned occupation.”

Vonda N. McIntyre

Vonda N. McIntyre
~ August 28, 1948 ~
Award winning Science fiction author who has written a number of Star Trek and Star Wars novels. She invented the first name of the Star Trek character Mr. Sulu.
“All her life she had made her own mistakes and her own successes, both usually by trying what others said she could not do.”

— Aztecs (Fireflood and Other Stories) —

Jack Vance

Jack Vance
~ August 28, 1916 — May 26, 2013 ~
During the 1940s and 1950s, he contributed widely to science fiction and fantasy magazines. He won both of science fiction’s most coveted trophies, the Hugo and Nebula awards.
“What exists is real; therefore it is tragic, since whatever lives must die. Only fantasy, the vapors rising from sheer nonsense, can now excite my laughter.”

— The Green Pearl —

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