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Asimov, Isaac

Asimov, Isaac

Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, in 1920, but his family emigrated to New York when he was very young. Author of over 500 books in his lifetime, he is known as a legend in science fiction and in the sciences. He grew up reading the pulp magazines of the 1930's, which inspired him to write his own stories. He wrote in various and many different genres (sf, mysteries, non-fiction, young adult). He edited and co-wrote quite a few works as well (some with his second wife, Janet). His most famous works include the Foundation series, the Robots series (he is the inventor of the three laws of robotics), the classic short stories, Nightfall and The Bicentennial Man, as well as many "Asimov's Guide to..." books (including Shakespeare and the Bible). A brilliant, accomplished man, he was awarded with a total of fourteen honorary doctorates from various universities during his life. He passed away in 1992.

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Austen, Jane

Austen, Jane

Jane Austen was born in England in 1775. She wrote six complete novels before her death in 1817 and was said to be one of King George IV's favourite authors. Her novels are still well-read to this day and she has achieved a kind of fame she never could have dreamed of, as all her works have been adapted for the screen at least once.

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Butler, Octavia E.

Butler, Octavia E.

Octavia Estelle Butler was born June 22, 1947 in Pasadena, California. She has published about a dozen books, all within the realm of science fiction. Probably her most famous book is Kindred, a novel about both slavery and time travel. During her career, she has received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship (the 'genius' grant), as well as multiple Hugo and Nebula awards and nominations.

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Christie, Agatha

Christie, Agatha

The Queen of Crime! Christie was born in 1890 and died in 1976. She published more than 80 novels which have sold more than a billion copies worldwide. Her two most famous sleuths are Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot.

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de Lint, Charles

de Lint, Charles

Canadian author Charles de Lint was born in December of 1951 in The Netherlands, but migrated to Canada at age four months. De Lint's works have been called "fantasy for people who normally don't read fantasy," as they have a modern setting for the most part, aka urban fantasy. Aside from being an author, he is also a poet, musician, artist, folklorist, and critic.

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Gaiman, Neil

Gaiman, Neil

British-born, US-resident Neil Gaiman is probably most famous for his award-winning series of Sandman comics, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest achievements in comic writing. His work extends well beyond the comic book realm, though, into adult novels, short stories, children's novels, picture books, and screenwriting.

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Handler, Daniel

Handler, Daniel

Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, is an American author, screenwriter, and accordionist. A native San Franciscan, alumnus of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, and graduate of Wesleyan University. His novels are The Basic Eight and Watch Your Mouth; they are comedies with a Gothic mood and rather adult subject matter. As "Lemony Snicket," Handler has written a series of children's novels, A Series of Unfortunate Events, but the man who starts out as a narrator becomes a character in the series, even writing a book entitled Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography. He has also written two additional works as Snicket, a comic about a Yeti in It Was a Dark and Silly Night, a volume of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's Little Lit series, and a holiday short story entitled "The Lump of Coal."

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Lewis, C.S.

Lewis, C.S.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contribtions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.

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Pullman, Philip

Pullman, Philip

Born in 1946, Philip Pullman is best known for writing the His Dark Materials trilogy, comprised of Northern Lights/The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. However, he has written several other books including the Sally Lockhart series of novels set in Victorian England.

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Richler, Mordecai

Richler, Mordecai

Born in 1931 in Montreal, Richler wrote huge but personal novels about the experience of growing up Jewish in Quebec. Considered one of Canada's greatest authors, he was also a (usually controversial) commentator on Canadian politics and a writer of some pretty successful children's stories (Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang). He died in 2003.

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Rowling, J.K.

Rowling, J.K.

Legend tells us that Joanne Rowling was a single mother barely scraping by until the publication of her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in 1997. She has since written five more books in Harry's story and become one of the wealthiest people in Britain.

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Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William

William Shakespeare, aka The Bard, was a British playwright/poet who lived in the late 1500's/early 1600's. He wrote dozens of plays, over 150 sonnets, and a number of poems. He is considered one of the only playwrights to excel in both comic and tragic stories. He is also one of the most quoted authors in the all of literature. Some of his most famous works include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, etc.

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Shields, Carol

Shields, Carol

Carol Shields was born in Illinois in 1935 but arrived in Canada as a university student (she got her Master's at the University of Ottawa), married a Canadian, and lived in Canada for the rest of her life, teaching at a few different universities. A mother of five, Shields was known for writing stories about the everyday lives of people, mostly women. Her best-known work is probably The Stone Diaries, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Shields was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998 and eventually died of the disease in 2003. Her final novel, Unless, was published in 2002.

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This author is recommended by Meaghan.
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Silverberg, Robert

Silverberg, Robert

Robert Silverberg was born in New York City on January 15, 1935. He is primarily a science fiction author, though he has written other stories in other genres as well. Publishing over 80 books so far, his most famous include Lord Valentine's Castle, Nightwings, The Stochastic Man, Dying Inside, and the more recent collections that he's edited, Legends and Far Horizons. He's won various major awards throughout six consecutive decades and also was awarded SFWA's Grand Master award in 2003. Currently, he writes monthly editorials for Asimov's Science Fiction, and lives in San Francisco with his wife, Karen Haber (with whom he has co-written on several occasions).

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Thompson, Craig

Thompson, Craig

American graphic novelist born in 1975. He is best known for his Eisner Award winning autobiographical graphic novel Blankets (2003). He has also published a short graphic novel, Goodbye, Chunky Rice (1999) and a graphic novel travelogue, Carnet de Voyage (2004).

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

Tolkien, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892-September 2, 1973) is most famous as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. He attended King Edward's School, Birmingham and Oxford University; he worked as reader in English language at Leeds, as professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, and of English Language and Literature, also at Oxford. He was a strongly committed Catholic. He belonged to a literary discussion group called the Inklings, through which he enjoyed a close friendship with C. S. Lewis. Tolkien's other published fiction includes adaptations of stories originally told to his children. The enduring popularity and influence of Tolkien's works have established him as the "father of the modern high fantasy genre".

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Walker, Alice

Walker, Alice

Born as the eighth child to sharecroppers in 1944, Alice Walker is mostly known for her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple. She is both an author and an activist, having participated in the Civil Rights, women's, and anti-nuclear movements, as well as educating others as to the hazards of female genital mutilation. She attended Spelman College and Sarah Lawrence College; earning her bachelor of arts from the latter.

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