Isaac Asimov was born on this day in Russia. He was a prolific writer, writing some 5oo books! And lots of it was non-fiction. Some the first science fiction I ever read was his Foundation series.
A favorite quote of his is:
You must keep sending work out: you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its heart off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.
This is also the day in 1938 that Simon and Schuster was founded.