John Naughton has been an academic and a journalist all his working life. He is a Senior Lecturer in Systems at the Open University, and since 1987 has written a weekly column for the Observer which has won him several major awards including three nominations as Critic of the Year. He is also a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and the Director of the College's Press Fellowship Programme.
Julia Neuberger is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and a trustee of various charities. She chairs the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and is a member of the board of the Van Leer Foundation. She is also a trustee of Full Fact, an organisation dedicated to getting proper information, and fair evidence, before the public. She writes, broadcasts, and lectures frequently, and is mainly concerned with issues around mental ill health, asylum and refugee issues, health in general, old age and loneliness, end of life care, and the struggle to find meaning in everyday life. She was a member of the Runnymede Trust's Commission on antisemitism, 'A very light sleeper', in 1993, and of its commission on Islamophobia, 'Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All', 1997.
Stan Nicholls has been a reviewer and interviewer in the UK for more than 20 years and is a key figure on the genre scene. He writes a regular column for TIME OUT and contributes to both INTERZONE and STARBURST. As well as the original Orcs trilogy, his Quicksilver fantasy trilogy has also been an international sensation.