Matthew De Abaitua
Matthew De Abaitua was born in Liverpool in 1971. After graduating from the University of East Anglia Creative Writing MA, he worked as Will Self's amanuensis in a remote Suffolk cottage. Then he fell into writing and editing for The Idler. He wrote and presented a low-budget documentary series about British science fiction for Channel 4 called SF:UK.His second book was a non-fiction memoir and history, The Art of Camping: The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars, published in 2011 by Hamish Hamilton and Penguin. The Economist described it as one of the books of the year. He is currently writing his next novel IF THEN set in a British market town of the near future and in the First World War. It features Dr Easy and a couple of minor characters from The Red Men.
Douglas Adams came to world-wide prominence with the BBC Radio series The Hitch Hiker¿s Guide to the Galaxy, which subsequently became the bestselling novel, a television series, a stage play, a computer game, audio cassettes, CD-roms and a towel, and was followed by the last two books in the original trilogy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and Life, The Universe and Everything, then a number of other fiction and non-fiction books. Douglas Adams died in 2001.
Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, and was named a SFWA Grand Master. He collaborated regularly with wife, Karen, and their daughter is married to noted SF writer Greg Bear. Poul Anderson died in July 2001.
Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)Isaac Asimov was one of the most famous, honoured and widely read science fiction authors of all time. Born in Russia but raised in the USA, his career as an SF writer began in 1939 with 'Marooned Off Vesta', in Amazing Stories. His output was prolific by any standards - in a career spanning five decades, he wrote more than four hundred books, won six Hugos, two Nebulas and the SFWA Grand Master Award, among many others, and provided pleasure and insight to millions of readers. He died in 1992 at the age of 72.