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.
Ray Aldridge was born in 1948. He has published a three-volume series, The Emancipator, featuring ex-slave investigator Ruiz Aw. The volume titles are The Pharaoh Contract, The Emperor of Everything and The Orpheus Machine. Short stories by Aldridge appeared in Full Spectrum 4 (1993) and The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: A 40th Anniversary Anthology. Among his shorter works are Steel Dogs (1989), Gate of Faces (1991), a Nebula Best Novelette nominee (1992) and The Beauty Addict (1993), a Nebula Best Novella nominee (1994).
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.
Piers Anthony has written dozens of bestselling science fiction and fantasy novels. Perhaps best-known for his long-running MAGIC OF XANTH series, many of which appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, he has also had great success with THE INCARNATIONS OF IMMORTALITY series and the CLUSTER series as well as BIO OF A SPACE TYRANT and others.
Dave van Arnam
Dave van Arnam (1935-2002) was an American SF author.
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.
Robin W. Bailey
Robin W. Bailey, a lover of fantasy and science fiction for as long as he can remember, has devoted years of his life to writing in the fantasy/science fiction genre. His works include SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND, SHADOWDANCE, FROST, BLOODSONGS, and SKULL GATE. Bailey served as the Central/South Regional Director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for nine years and has been the President of the organiation for two years (2005-2007). He is also one of the founders and board members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and a member of the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. He is an avid book collector and a fan historian. Bailey's interests include music, martial arts, body-building, soccer, and cycling.
R. Scott Bakker is the son of a tobacco share-cropper, and spent his youth either exploring the wooded bluffs of Lake Erie's north shore or working in hot summer fields. He left the countryside to study English language and literature at University of Western Ontario, and from there moved to Nashville to pursue a PhD in philosophy. He now lives in London, Ontario with his fiancee, Sharron, and their cat, Scully.
Rory Barnes is the author of ten novels for both adults and teenagers, five of which have been written in collaboration with Damien Broderick. His website is at http://users.bigpond.net.au/rory.barnes.
Lee Barton is a pseudonym for Lionel Fanthorpe.
Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. With Terry Pratchett he has co-authored the Long Earth novels. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.Visit Stephen Baxter's website at www.stephen-baxter.com.
Barrington J. Bayley
Barrington J. Bayley (1937-2008) was born in Birmingham and began writing science fiction in his early teens. After serving in the RAF, he took up freelance writing on features, serials and picture strips, mostly in the juvenile field, before returning to straight SF. He was a regular contributor to the influential New Worlds magazine and an early voice in the New Wave movement.
Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. A multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner, he sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction. His novels Blood Music and Eon are both Gollancz Masterworks. A full-time writer, he lives in Washington with his family.
Alex Bell is an exceptional novelist. She lives in Hampshire.
Born in England in 1952, Clare Bell moved to the US in 1957. She worked in oceanography, electrical engineering, test equipment design and mechanical engineering before she wrote her first book, Ratha's Creature (Atheneum-Argo Margaret K .McElderry 1983), the story of a prehistoric wildcat who learns to tame fire. Since then she has continued to write fantasy and science fiction for children and adults. She says, 'I am still fascinated by prehistoric animals and big cats, as showcased in the five Ratha series novels. I consider my two little cats, Danny and Athena, to be research assistants as well as companions and have learned a lot from them.' 'My stories show sociological themes as well, exploring the changes that are brought about in culture through technology, even one as crude as fire. I also enjoy creating plausible and workable prehistoric animal and alien characters. The central theme of my fiction is evolution, a result of my being influenced early by the works of C.S. Lewis, Olaf Stapledon , and Arthur C. Clarke. '
Thornton Bell is a pseudonym for Lionel Fanthorpe.
John Bellairs is beloved as a master of gothic young adult novels and fantasies. His series about the adventures of Lewis Barnavelt and his Uncle Jonathan, which includes THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, is a classic. He also wrote a series of novels featuring the character Johnny Dixon. Among the titles in that series were THE CURSE OF THE BLUE FIGURINE; THE MUMMY, THE WILL, AND THE CRYPT; THE SPELL OF THE SORCERER'S SKULL and others. His solo novel THE FACE IN THE FROST is also regarded as a fantasy classic and among his earlier works are ST. FIDGETA AND OTHER PARODIES and THE PEDANT AND THE SHUFFLY. He was a prolific writer, publishing more than a dozen novels before his untimely death in 1991.
Atarah Ben-Tovim was made an M.B.E. (1980) - for services to children's music. She has an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Council for National Academic Awards (1991) and is an Associate of both the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. She was a child prodigy on the flute.