The Astounding Leigh Brackett

“Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life, working at cross purposes, getting hotter and fiercer as they strike against each other until finally there’s an explosion—that’s Plot.”  ― Leigh Brackett "Would it help if I got out and pushed?" —Princess Leia to Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back From sharp-tongued…
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Masters of Science Fiction: Philip K. Dick

The late Philip K. Dick's works were one of the strongest influences on science fiction writers in the first decade of the 21st century, including the fields of alternate history and paranoid thrillers. Yet he received relatively little acclaim and financial success in his own lifetime and was unable to attract the attention of major publishers. The hold that Dick still…
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Masters of Science Fiction: Edgar Rice Burroughs & Alex Raymond

The most famed and prolific area of science fiction is the planetary adventure, featuring strange environments, exotic alien races, and massive battle scenes. Many of the most popular science fiction universes, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Avatar, take place in these environments. Most of these universes owe their existence to the adventure fiction of one author. Edgar Rice…
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Masters of Science Fiction: Isaac Asimov

No discussion of twentieth-century science fiction writing can be complete without mention of Isaac Asimov, the biochemistry professor and visionary writer who was responsible for creating the popular characterization of robots and incorporating themes of social science into “hard” science fiction. His most popular works, the Foundation series and I, Robot, are considered landmarks of science fiction to…
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