All writers struggle with the weight of moral responsibility, even if they profess to create an amoral art. Few writers, however, have carried this burden through the confluence of political and cultural rivers in the way Chinua Achebe has.
Achebe came of age in Africa's largest country, Nigeria,
In 1984, the publication of William Gibson's first novel, "Neuromancer," single-handedly gave birth to a new, revolutionary subgenre of science fiction: Cyberpunk. Looking into a near future when the interface between humans and their machines would achieve a life of its own, Gibson's dystopic vision
In 1927, jobless and distraught over the death of his daughter five years earlier, Richard Buckminster Fuller contemplated suicide. Instead of killing himself, he decided to live the rest of his life as an experiment for the benefit of humankind. He re-christened himself "Guinea Pig B" (B stood for B
Buddhist, male-to-female transsexual Performance artist, gender educator, and author of the iconoclastic book "Gender Outlaw," Kate Bornstein brushes aside the confinements of gender categorization. At age 37, after three marriages and many years as a Scientology spokesman, Al Bornstein decided to be