Vanna Bonta
Vanna BontaApril 3, 1958 -
Vanna Bonta (3 April 1958 – 8 July 2014) was an Italian-American writer, actress, and inventor. She wrote Flight: a quantum fiction novel. As an actress, Bonta played "Zed's Queen" in The Beastmaster. She performed primarily as a voice talent on a roster of feature films, such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast, as well as on television. On 13 November 2013, a haiku by Bonta was one of 1,100 haiku launched from Cape Canaveral on the NASA spacecraft MAVEN to Mars. Bonta invented the 2suit, a flight garment designed to facilitate human intimacy and stability in microgravity environments of...
Ernest Hemingway
Ernest HemingwayJuly 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously....
Aldous Huxley
Aldous HuxleyJuly 26, 1894 - November 22, 1963
Aldous Leonard Huxley /ˈhʌksli/ (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family. He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug, and a wide-ranging output of essays. Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories and poetry. Mid career and later, he published travel writing, film stories and scripts. He spent the later part of...
Richard Bach
Richard BachJune 23, 1936 -
Richard David Bach (born June 23, 1937) is an American writer. He is widely known as the author of the hugely popular 1970s best-sellers Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, among others. Bach's books espouse his philosophy that our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. Bach is noted for his love of flying and for his books related to air flight and flying in a metaphorical context. He has pursued flying as a hobby since the age of 17. In late August 2012 Bach was badly injured when on approach to landing at Friday Harbor,...
Paulo Coelho
Paulo CoelhoAugust 24, 1947 -
Paulo Coelho (Portuguese: [ˈpawlu kuˈeʎu]; born August 24, 1947), is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. The Alchemist, his most famous novel, has been translated into 80 languages. The author has sold 190 million copies worldwide and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author....
Honore de Balzac
Honore de BalzacMay 20, 1799 - August 18, 1850
Anatole France
Anatole FranceApril 16, 1844 - October 12, 1924
Anatole France (French: [anatɔl fʁɑ̃s]; born François-Anatole Thibault, [frɑ̃swa anatɔl tibo]; 16 April 1844 – 12 October 1924) was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Literature "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human...
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Antoine de Saint-ExuperyJune 29, 1900 - July 31, 1944
Leo Tolstoy
Leo TolstoySeptember 9, 1828 - November 20, 1910
J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. TolkienJanuary 3, 1892 - September 2, 1973