H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T. H. Huxley. He was awarded a first-class honours degree in biology and resumed teaching but had to retire after a kick from an ill-natured pupil afflicted his kidneys. He worked in poverty in London as a crammer while experimenting in journalism and stories. It was with THE TIME MACHINE (1895) that he had his real breakthrough.
Paula Weston is a Brisbane-based author and co-owner of a two-woman writing/design consultancy. She is an avid reader and blogger, a huge fan of Australian literature and fantasy/paranormal stories, a closet comic reader and TV addict and is borderline obsessed with the Foo Fighters. She and her husband share their home with a retired greyhound and a moody cockatiel. Shadows, the first book in the Rephaim series, was her debut novel.Find Paula on Twitter @PaulaWeston and visit her website at www.paula-weston.com
Edith Wharton was born in New York in 1862. She was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Letters from Yale University and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize with THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, also a film. In 1930 she became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She died in 1937.
Cinda Williams Chima
Cinda Williams Chima is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron. She is a member of the Poets and Writers League of Greater Cleveland, the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She has been a workshop leader and speaker at writing conferences, including the Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference, the Western Reserve Writers' Conference, and the Skyline Writing Conference. She frequently speaks to young writers and readers at schools and libraries nationwide.
Chima lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.
Author of seventy published short stories and twenty-nine novels, nominated for the Ditmar, the Aurealis and the prestigious Philip K Dick Award for SATURN RETURNS, Williams has been published around the world in numerous languages, on-line, and in spoken word editions. His current projects include ASTROPOLIS, a gothic-noir gender-bending space opera trilogy, and THE BROKEN LAND, a dark fantasy series for children set in the same fantasy universe as the BOOKS OF THE CHANGE. Concluding volumes in each, THE GRAND CONJUNCTION and THE SCARECROW, are 2009 books. He has also written the novelization of the computer game STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. MAGIC DIRT: the Best of Sean Williams was launched in 2008 and won the first Aurealis Award for Best Collection.
Sean's science fiction has been likened to that of the "Three Gregs" (Benford, Bear and Egan) while his fantasy has garnered comparisons to Peter Carey, China Miéville and Ursula K. Le Guin. His novel THE CROOKED LETTER was the first fantasy novel in the history of Australian speculative fiction to win both Ditmar and Aurealis Awards. The fourth instalment of the BOOKS OF THE CATACLYSM, THE DEVOURED EARTH, was released in Australia in September, 2006.
Chris Wooding is a full time, award-winning novelist, a YA novelist, and a professional script writer for film and TV. He has travelled extensively, plays bass and guitar (and has recorded several albums) and his novels have been published all over the world.He has penned the Braided Path trilogy, a standalone novel (The Fade) and the Tales of the Ketty Jay series for Gollancz, all of which were critical and commercial successes.Chris Wooding lives in Kent, and you can learn more at www.chriswooding.com.