Mick Wall is the UK's best-known rock writer, author and TV and radio programme maker, and is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books, including definitive, bestselling titles on Led Zeppelin (When Giants Walked the Earth), Metallica (Enter Night), AC/DC (Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be), Black Sabbath (Symptom of the Universe), Lou Reed, The Doors (Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre) and Foo Fighters. He lives in England.http://www.mickwall.com/home.htmhttp://www.mickwall.com/blog/blog.phphttps://twitter.com/WallMick
Jon Wallace is an author based in London, England. He has been a barman, postman, till jockey, actor, help-liner, pollster and charity comms bloke. His hobbies include walking pooches and listening to his wife sing her way around the flat. His debut novel, 'Barricade', is out now from Gollancz - Part 1 in the Kenstibec Trilogy. Part 2, 'Steeple', is published in 2015http://jonwallace.co/
Gary Alan Wassner
Gary Alan Wassner Gary Alan Wassner was born and bred in New York and is Senior Partner and President of Hilldun Corporation. He was recently named one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in Fashion and is known as the man behind most of Seventh Avenue's most prestigious fashion companies, providing financing for many iconic designer names. In addition, Wassner is a well-respected author, writing both fantasy and children's books and is best-known for his Gemquest series.
Ian Watson (1943 - )Ian Watson was born in England in 1943 and graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with a first class Honours degree in English Literature. He lectured in English in Tanzania (1965-1967) and Tokyo (1967-1970) before beginning to publish SF with "Roof Garden Under Saturn" for the influential New Worlds magazine in 1969. He became a full-time writer in 1976, following the success of his debut novel The Embedding. His work has been frequently shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula Awards and he has won the BSFA Award twice. From 1990 to 1991 he worked full-time with Stanley Kubrick on story development for the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence, directed after Kubrick's death by Steven Spielberg; for which he is acknowledged in the credits for Screen Story. Ian Watson lives in Spain.
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.
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.
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.
Jack Williamson (1908 - 2006)John Stewart 'Jack' Williamson was born in Arizona in 1908 and raised in an isolated New Mexico farmstead. After the Second World War, he acquired degrees in English at the Eastern New Mexico University, joining the faculty there in 1960 and remaining affiliated with the school for the rest of his life. Williamson sold his first story at the age of 20 - the beginning of a long, productive and successful career, which started in the pulps, took in the Golden Age and extended right into his nineties. He was the second author, after Robert A. Heinlein, to be named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by SFWA, and by far the oldest recipient of the Hugo (2001, aged 93) and Nebula (2002, aged 94) awards. A significant voice in SF for over six decades, Jack Williamson is credited with inventing the terms 'terraforming' and 'genetic engineering'. He died in 2006.
Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis has won, among other accolades, ten HUGO Awards and six NEBULA Awards for her writing, and was recently named an SFWA Grand Master. She lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis, a professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado.
Gene Wolfe (1931 -) Gene Wolfe was born in New York in 1931 and raised in Texas. After serving in the Korean War he graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston and worked in engineering until becoming an editor of a trade periodical, Plant Engineering, in 1972. Since retiring from this post in 1984, he has written full-time. The author of over three dozen award-wining novels and story collections, he is regarded as one of modern fantasy's most important writers. His best-known work, the four volume far-future Book of the New Sun, won the World Fantasy, BSFA, Nebula, British Fantasy and John W. Campbell memorial Awards. He has won the World Fantasy Award four times for his novels and collections and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award for his extraordinary body of work. Gene Wolfe lives in Illinois with his wife, Rosemary.