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Being an ardent fan of sci-fi novels and thriller novels, I have brought together some interesting facts about my favorite authors and their best works.

 

Charlotte Bronte

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An English poet and novelist, Charlotte Bronte, the eldest of the Bronte sisters has given us some best classics in English literature. The sisters were born to Maria and Patrick Bronte, who was an Irish Anglican clergyman and their family included five girls and a boy. Charlotte was the third kid followed by Emily, Anne and her brother Branwell.

She first started publishing her works under the Pen name of Currer Bell. Her first work Jane Eyre is one of the best classics ever. Her sisters Emily and Anne assumed the pen names Ellis Bell and Acton Bell. Their best works include Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey respectively.

She and her siblings created their own fictional worlds and used their personal experiences to chronicle the lives and struggles of the fictional characters they created. Even though ‘Jane Eyre’ was considered her first work, ‘The Professor’ was her first manuscript. Her other works include ‘Shirley’ and ‘Villette’.

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

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A Scottish writer and physician, famous for his milestone work in the field of crime fiction by introducing us to detective stories on Sherlock Holmes. He is also famous for writing fictional adventures of a fictional character ‘Professor Challenger’ and popularised the mystery of ‘Mary Celeste’.

He is famous for writing science fiction stories, fantasy stories, romances, plays, poetry. His first published work is ‘The Mystery of Sasassa Valley’, printed in the year 1879. His first academic work ‘Gelsemium as a Poison’ was potentially useful in a murder investigation.

His first work on Sherlock Holmes series, ‘A Study in Scarlet’ was published in the year 1886. He later admitted that he partially modelled the character Holmes based on his former university teacher Joseph Bell.

Dame Agatha Christie

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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie is an English crime novelist, playwright and short story writer, famous for her investigative short story collections with main characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford and Parker Pyne.

She first published her first work, a novel, ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ in the year 1920, which launched her literary career. Most of her works have been adapted for radio, Television shows, comics and video games and more than 30 movies have been based on her works.

Agatha worked in the pharmacy during the second world war, where she acquired a good knowledge of poisons which she put to good use in her novels.Her description of Thallium poisoning in her work ‘The Pale Horse’ helped solve a case that was baffling doctors.

 

Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov was a professor of biochemistry at Boston University and an author, famous for his works of science fiction. He is considered as the master of hard science fiction and a great science fiction writers of his time.

His famous works include ‘Foundation Series’, ‘Galactic Empire Series’ and the ‘Robot Series’. He wrote the ‘Lucky Starr’ series under the pen name Paul French. He explained scientific concepts in a historical way. He also provided pronunciation guides for technical terms.

His work on positronic robot stories, with a set of ethics for robots were collected in ‘I, Robot’. This work was later made into a movie starring Will Smith in the year 2004. His other work, ‘Bicentennial Man’ too was made into a movie in the year 1999 starring Robin Williams.

Nora Roberts

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Nora Roberts is a best selling author of romantic novels in America. She is born as Eleanor Marie Robertson and is of Irish descent. Some of her works were published under the pen names, J.D.Robb, Jill March and Sarah Hardesty.

Her first novel, ‘Irish Thoroughbred’, was published in the year 1981. She usually writes her novels in trilogies. She produced her ‘In Death’ series under her pen name J.D. Robbs. She often brought forth a lot of novels in a year and hence was advised to opt for pen names.

Many of her novels were made into movies, some of them are ‘Angels Fall’, ‘Blue Smoke’, ‘Montana Sky’ and ‘Carolina Moon’.

John Grisham

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John Grisham is an American author, famous for his legal thriller novels. He practised criminal law for 10 years before he entered politics and began his writing career. His first work ‘A Time to Kill’ was published in 1989.

His first best seller was ‘The Firm’, which was adapted into a movie starring Tom Cruise. Several of his works like ‘The Chamber’, ‘The Pelican Brief’, ‘The Runaway Jury’, ‘The Client’ and ‘A Time to Kill’ were made into movies.

He also wrote stories for children, they were legal thrillers featuring Theodore Boone, a 13-year-old kid, who gives legal advice to his classmates and helps people get back their pets. Grisham hoped to apprise children about law through the series.

David Baldacci

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David Baldacci is an American bestselling novelist. He practiced law for 9 years before he actively took up writing as his career. He used to write stories as a child too. His first work ‘Absolute Power’, was published in 1996.

His first work was made into a movie by the same name, starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. His ‘King and Maxwell’ series is an outright best seller. This series was made into a Television series, where he was a consulting producer.

Rick Riordon

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Rick Riordon is a bestselling author famous for his works on Roman and Greek mythology based mystery series. He is widely recognised with his work on the series of ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’. His work, ‘The Heroes of Olympus’ is a sequel to Percy Jackson series.

His other works include ‘The 39 Clues’, ‘The Maze of Bones’, ‘The Kane Chronicles’ and ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’. He also authored the ‘Tres Navarre’ mystery series for adults. His Percy Jackson series are being made into movies, with the first two books already released as movies.

 

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