Bestselling Fiction & Non-Fiction Authors, from The Orion Publising Group
Our Authors
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.
Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey has been illustrating books for more than 35 years and has worked with many of today's best known authors, including Philip Pullman, Allan Ahlberg, Michael Morpurgo and Joan Aiken. He lives near Liverpool with his wife, Sian, who is also an illustrator.
Rory Barnes

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.
Martyn Beardsley

Martyn Beardsley has lived in Nottingham all his life. A civil servant for many years, he is now concentrating on his writing career. As well as being a children's author, one of his great passions is history. In 2002 he published a biography of Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer. A committed Buddhist, he is interested in reading, sport, keep-fit and yoga. Martyn Beardsley is married with one daughter and a mad dog.
Clare Bell

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. '
Mitch Benn

Mitch Benn found fame as the singer of spectacularly angry, clever and funny songs on the Now Show. He tours regularly both on his own and his band. His song 'I'm proud of the BBC was hugely popular and won him the Media Blog Hero of the Year Award. He is also a regular on the Now Show. He is married and has two daughters. He has over 40,000 followers on twitter.
Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake was born in 1932. He went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School before studying English at Downing College, Cambridge. After National Service he did a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.He is known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, and Roald Dahl, as well as creating much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage.His books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize. He won the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the highest international recognition given to creators of children's books. Described by The Guardian, as 'a national institution', in 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children's literature.
Emily Bolam

Emily Bolam trained at Brighton Art College and is a very successful illustrator of children's books, among them Francesca Simon's MIAOW MIAOW, BOW WOW and MOO BAA BAA QUACK, and Georgie Adams's THE THREE LITTLE WITCHES. She lives and works in Brighton.Her website can be found at http://www.emilybolam.com/
Richard Brassey

Richard Brassey is the author and illustrator of a host of colourful and original non-fiction books for children, among them the bestselling Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and The Story of Scotland, which won the TES/Saltire Society Award. He lives in Essex. Visit his website at http://www.richardbrassey.com.
Jeff Bredenberg

Jeff Bredenberg (1953 - 2010) Jeff Bredenberg spent the first two decades of his publishing career working for newspapers, primarily writing and editing in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and four other cities. He was an independent writer and editor specializing in how-to and health topics, and wrote, edited, or contributed to more than 25 books. He was also a frequent contributor to home-oriented magazines and made frequent media appearances, including spots on the Late Show With David Letterman. He published three science fiction novels - The Dream Compass, The Dream Vessel and The Man in the Moon Must Die - plus several short stories in magazines and anthologies. Jeff Bredenberg died in 2010.
Simon Brighton

Simon Brighton was brought up in Lincolnshire, in the shadow of Temple Bruer, one of the most important Templar sites in the country. He became fascinated by the Knights at an early age and has pursued that fascination ever since. His photography of Templar sites has become well known - some of his images of London's Temple Church were included in the illustrated edition of The Da Vinci Code. When not documenting the Templars he is a psychiatric nurse, with an MSc in forensic psychiatry.
Damien Broderick

Damien Broderick is Australia's dean of science fiction, with a body of extraordinary work reaching back to the early 1960's. Like the late George Turner, he captures the distinctive flavor of his native country while reaching out to American and European readers. The White Abacus won two year's best awards. His stories and novels, like those of his younger peer Greg Egan, are drenched with bleeding-edge ideas. Distinctively, he blends ideas and poetry like nobody since Roger Zelazny, and a wild silly humor is always ready to bubble out, as in the cosmic comedy Striped Holes. His award-winning novel The Dreaming Dragons is featured in David Pringle's SF: The 100 Best Novels, and was chosen as year's best by Kingsley Amis. It has been revised and updated as The Dreaming. This new version appears for the first time at Fictionwise.com. In 1982, his early cyberpunk novel The Judas Mandala coined the term 'virtual reality.' His most recent novels are Godplayers and K-Machines. With David G. Hartwell, he edited Centaurus: The Best of Australian SF for Tor in 1999. Like one of his heroes, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, he is also a master of writing about radical new technologies, and The Spike and The Last Mortal Generation have been Australian popular-science best sellers--both books strongly recommended in Clarke's millennial revision of his famous Profiles of the Future. Schrödinger's Dog was chosen for Gardner Dozois's SF: Year's Best 14.
M.M. Buckner

Buckner graduated with English Honours from Memphis State University, studied writing at Harvard University, then earned her Masters degree in Creative Writing at Boston University. She has travelled through Europe, New Zealand, Japan and North America, lived in California, Alaska, Maine and Massachusetts, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. As marketing vice president for a nationwide financial firm, her commercial writing earned numerous professional awards, including two Diamond Addies. She is currently a freelance writer, environmental activist, and white-water kayaker. Other publishing credits include short stories, creative nonfiction, magazine features, and a major research report for the World Wildlife Fund. She won the Philip K. Dick award in 2005 for her novel War Surf.
Claire Burgess

Claire has been gardening since she was a child and is now one of the UK's top gardening bloggers - her Youtube channel has had over 1 million views with over 4,000 regular subscribers, and she was recently interviewed by the DAILY TELEGRAPH. She has worked with various children's groups, including gardening clubs and the Matrix theatre company.Read Claire's blog at http://clairesallotment.wordpress.com, like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Claires-Allotment/177191835646647 and watch her Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/clairesallotment.
Anita Burgh

Anita Burgh lives in France. She has four children and five grandchildren.
F.M. Busby

F. M. Busby and his wife Elinor lived in Seattle with their two cats: Jeoffrey, the young black and white panther, and veteran calico Molly Dodd, until his death on February 17, 2005 at age 83. Buz¿s eighteen published novels include eight in the universe of RISSA KERGUELEN, three in that of CAGE A MAN, and another three in the SLOW FREIGHT grouping. Solo books are ALL THESE EARTHS, THE BREEDS OF MAN, THE SINGULARITY PROJECT, and ISLANDS OF TOMORROW. Of more than forty shorter works, three have appeared in Best of Year anthologies; twenty are gathered into his collection GETTING HOME. Growing up in the ¿Palouse country¿ of eastern Washington, Buz attended and graduated from WSU, studying physics and electrical engineering which helped him keep his numbers straight. What with two vacations financed by the Army, the graduating part took nine years, after which he moved to Seattle to engineer communications for the Alaska Comm System, get married, and settle down. When the ACS was sold in 1970, he opted for early retirement and began writing SF. In the Army and later he spent considerable time in Alaska, including a year in the Aleutians, and swore his tales of Amchitka weather were simple truth. His interests included aerospace, unusual gadgetry of most any kind, dogs, cats and people, not necessarily in that order.
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