King experienced trauma at a very young age when his parents split up, this caused Stephen and his brother David to divide their time between Indiana and Connecticut. Although, King would still write in his free time. One if the most influential writers of the twentieth century was Stephen King, and his works continue to have an impact on American Culture today. Stephen King was born in 1942 during the post World War II of United States history. This age influenced King throughout his life, especially in writing.
Whipple Phillips, his grandfather influenced lovecraft's education with his personal library of gothic stories and horror. (Encyclopedia of World Biography). Accordingly he read tales by Edgar Allan Poe cementing his path to horror. (Encyclopedia of World
John Quincannon is the lead protagonist of the John Quincannon series of detective thrillers by Bill Pronzini. The first novel of the series was Quincannon that introduced former United States Secret Service agent John Frederick Quincannon and his partner Sabina Carpenter that team up to start an investigations business. Pronzini the author was born in California in 1943 and showed early predilection to reading. Some of his favorite novels were the mystery digests and science fiction books that belonged to his grandfather and the pulp magazines to be found in second hand bookstore when he was twelve. Like Nameless his most popular character, Pronzini has a huge collection of digest and pulp magazines that contains nearly 3000 titles.
He also likes doing things with programming and computers. He worked in the software industry and helped develop the video game Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (Biography 2). Weir put The Martian on Amazon and Kindle, thinking that it was not an impressive book, but people loved it. Not long after he topped the Amazon bestseller list, an agent contacted him (an exceptionally rare occurrence) to ask if he wanted representation (Biography 2).The Award Winning Author grew up loving science fiction books. Weir grew up reading classic science fiction such as the works of Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov (FamousBirthdays 1).
Vonnegut’s hatred of war is a very common theme he expresses in many of his works. His books and short stories all contain similar distinct themes such as the lack of individualism in society, the dangers of technology, manipulation from the government, and many others. On the surface, many of Vonnegut’s stories appear to be written simply for entertainment, but as you dig deeper you can discover more about Vonnegut’s personal views and his motives for writing. One of the short stories I read from Kurt Vonnegut was Harrison Bergeron. This story began in the year of 2081, were people who are considered “overachievers” are handicapped so everyone is on an even playing field mentally, intellectually, and physically.
William Golding served in the Royal Navy during World War II that lasted from 1939-1945. Due to his traumatic experiences throughout the war, this created a combination of ideas involving the change of people because of the influence of power. Although, in his early stages of life Golding spent his childhood very sheltered. Likewise, his occupation during adulthood was an elementary English private school teacher. These ideas provide the assumption that Golding more than likely is inclined to think that children were innocent and had not seen the real world until he had joined the war.
Many did not know of him until his publication of The Scarlet Letter, which was a very controversial work of fiction during his time. In his stories he expressed his guilt for his family participating in the Salem Witch Trials among other things that affected his everyday life. Some of these things can be seen in his short story, “The Birth-Mark”. He confronted his feelings about Puritanism, nature, science, and beauty in this story. As a scientist, the character Aylmer is obsessed with his career.
Apart from his scientific interests, he was really interested on literature since he was an adolescent and he began to publish his first poems very soon. Then he gave up studying biology and initiated his studies on literature. He was clearly declared a leftist man and he expressed so on his works. In fact, he was really compromised with politics in his first literary period in Britain, also giving his political opinion on the situations of other countries as Spain, where he was living for a little time. Later, he moved to United States in 1939 where he got
When I picked up the novel Dune as a freshman in highschool, I expected another generic sci-fi story filled with the classic super-powers and interstellar-travel. Admittedly I looked forward to these tropes, but reading Dune was an unanticipated intellectual experience. The novel’s protagonist, Muad’dib, struggles against the rule of a galactic-wide feudal government and in order to succeed he becomes learned in many disciplines. After emerging victorious he reflects “It 's shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.” Although the words came from a fictional character, the weight carried in this observation prompted me to consider its application to my own life. What it held for academics was obvious, but I tried to go beyond and look at other things I was learning.
Highly skeptical of earning glory, this man went through every kind of trauma and hardship a human can imagine. But it wasn’t all darkness that loomed. Light was the round the corner when he received an Oxford Scholarship. His transition into a writer can be very well attributed to his journalist father. His writings surely give a sneak peek into the kind of life he has led.