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Birth Date:June 18, 1957
Astrology Sign:Gemini
Chinese Sign:Rooster - Yang
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Occupation:US novelist

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Richard Powers

Biography:Richard Powers (born June 18, 1957) is a novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, and interested in multiple sciences as a teenager, Powers enrolled as a physics major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He switched his studies to literature, receiving his M.A. in that subject in 1979. After graduation, he worked in Boston as a computer programmer until an encounter with a photograph at the Museum of Fine Arts inspired him to quit his job and spend the next two years writing his first novel, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, which was published in 1985.

Powers then moved to the Netherlands, where he wrote Prisoner's Dilemma, a work that juxtaposes Disney and nuclear warfare, and then his best-known work to date, The Gold Bug Variations, a story that ties together genetics, music, and computer science.

Operation Wandering Soul, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1993 about a young doctor dealing with the ugly realities of a pediatrics ward, was mostly written during a year's stay at the University of Cambridge, and completed when Powers returned to the University of Illinois in 1992 to take up a post as writer-in-residence.

Galatea 2.2 (1995) is a Pygmalion story, about an AI experiment gone awry.

Gain (1998) is a look at the history of a 150-year-old chemical company, interwoven with a story of a woman living near one of its plants succumbing to ovarian cancer.

Plowing the Dark (2000) is another novel with parallel narratives, this time of a Seattle research team building a groundbreaking virtual reality, while at the same time an American teacher is held hostage in Beirut, with a stunning outcome.

Powers' latest novel is The Time of Our Singing, published in January 2003.

He was a MacArthur Fellow in 1989 and received a Lannan Literary Award in 1999. He teaches in the Creative Writing M.F.A. program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chinese Horoscope for Richard Powers
Includes characteristics and Vices
Richard Powers's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 31, 1957 - February 17, 1958
Birthday: June 18, 1957

The Rooster is a Yang,
and is the Tenth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Blind Faith

Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

Richard Powers's Personality Tarot Card The Wheel of Fortune - Personality Card

Birthday: June 18, 1957

A new chapter is starting; problems are solved through changes in circumstances.

Richard Powers's Character Tarot Card The Magician - Character Card

Birthday: June 18, 1957

Creative initiative, skill and opportunities for new ventures.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Richard Powers's Growth Tarot Card The Hierophant

Birthday: June 18, 2015

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.




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