Quite a few noteworthy sci fi authors were born in August: James Tiptree, Brian Aldiss, even Gene Roddenberry! Our last installment for the year will introduce you to Greg Bear and one of my all-time favorites, H.P. Lovecraft.
Although his formal education didn’t include science, Greg Bear’s writings can be regarded as “hard sci fi,” dealing with, for example, time travel (City at the Edge of Time) and evolution (Darwin’s Radio). Bear’s stories are well-written and gripping.
H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft died in 1937 at the age of 47, but “is now recognized as one of the seminal figures in the development of the science fiction genre… Forging a unique niche within the horror genre, he created… stories containing a distinctive blend of dreamlike imagery, Gothic terror, and elaborate concocted mythology.” (Brown University H.P. Lovecraft collection).
One of Lovecraft’s most eldritch (he had a distinctive vocabulary) creatures was Cthulhu, who once inhabited the earth (and may again). And the Necronomicon, a fiendish book of demonology and spells, has been known to drive readers insane. (Okay, the book is fictitious, but still scares the heck out of me.)