Leslie Esdaile Banks was an American writer under the pen names of Leslie Esdaile, Leslie E. Banks, Leslie Banks, Leslie Esdaile Banks and L. A. Banks. She wote about magic and fantastic. Millions of her books were sold.
Steven Barnes has a lot to say about speculative fiction, Hollywood, health and life. I dare you to take a swing at him. He is alive and kicking and writing and producing great stuff for our entertainment and enlightment.
Octavia Butler will be remembered for her incredible writing. Yet, sadly, her life was cut short. Any writer who wants to study the craft, needs to read the works of Octavia E. Butler.