Free reading on and by famous science fiction writers: Honoring Space Exploration Month

Science fiction author H.G.Wells

Science fiction author H.G.Wells (Photo by ZeroEnergyVN)

We’re continuing our celebration of Space Exploration Month in honor of the historic events that took place in the month of July! Visit Questia’s topic page on space exploration for more information on the memorable dates in space exploration history including the Apollo 11 lift off, the U.S.’s Moon Day and even the anniversary of NASA’s founding. Interest in space exploration has transcended generations, being kept alive by not only the heroes of space exploration themselves but also the writers who capture the mystery and excitement of space travel. Novels like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Martian Chronicles have had, and continue to have, a tremendous impact on the way readers view outer space. In honor of Space Exploration Month, we’re granting access to content on or by our library’s top five most researched science fiction writers for free for an entire month. Read more

Ray Bradbury: Day dreaming and doing what he loved

Author Ray Bradbury

Author Ray Bradbury (Photo by Alan Light)

Writer Ray Bradbury died June 5, 2012 at the age of 91 at his home in Los Angeles following a long illness due to stroke. This father of some of the best science fiction books of the twentieth century wrote anthologies, eight novels and hundreds of short stories. A 1966 movie was made of his book Fahrenheit 451, a 1969 anthology movie featured vignettes from his book The Illustrated Man and a 1980 television mini-series was made of his book The Martian Chronicles.

A lover of Jules Verne and Buck Rogers, Bradbury wrote his short stories by renting a typewriter for 20 cents an hour at the University of California — Los Angeles Library. During his lifetime he never used a computer and didn’t even drive. Read more