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.
L. A. Banks was an award winning and New York Times-bestselling author. She penned over 35 novels in a wide range of genres. She died in 2011.
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.
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.
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 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.
Nicholas Best was educated in Kenya and at Trinity College, Dublin. He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, which gave him the material for his satirical novel WERE YOU AT WATERLOO? He left the Army to be a financial journalist, but soon became a full-time writer. He was fiction critic for the FINANCIAL TIMES for ten years and has written history books, travel books and many radio scripts. His work has been translated into many languages.
Holly Black is the co-creator of THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. A NEW YORK TIMES No. 1 bestselling phenomenon, the series has been described as 'vintage Victorian fantasy' and has been made into a hugely successful film. The books have been translated into 32 languages. Holly Black lives with her husband in Massachusetts.For more information, please visit Holly's website www.blackholly.com, read her Livejournal at http://blackholly.livejournal.com. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/hollyblack and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/hollyblack, and like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HollyBlackFan.
James P. Blaylock
James P. Blaylock (1950 - )
James Paul Blaylock was born in Long Beach, California, in 1950, and attended California State University, where he received an MA. He was befriended and mentored by Philip K. Dick, along with his contemporaries K.W. Jeter and Tim Powers, and is regarded - along with Powers and Jeter - as one of the founding fathers of the steampunk movement. Winner of two World Fantasy Awards and a Philip K. Dick Award, he is currently director of the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County High School of the Arts, where Tim Powers is Writer in Residence.
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.
Stephen Briggs lives in Oxfordshire and has been involved for many years in the sinister world of amateur dramatics, which is how he came to discover the Discworld. Having read one book, he was hooked and read the entire canon over the next three weeks. Oxford's Studio Theatre Club went on to stage his adaptations of WYRD SISTERS, MORT, GUARDS! GUARDS!...and many, many more. As well as compiling THE DISCWORLD COMPANION, THE NEW DISCWORLD COMPANION and, now, TURTLE RECALL: THE DISCWORLD COMPANION ... SO FAR, he has also co-authored the Discworld Diaries, the Mapps and has dramatised most of the Discworld novels. Stephen also now voices the UK and US Discworld audio books.
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.
Peter Brune is a leading authority and writer on the Australian campaigns in New Guinea in World War II. Peter has also written the bestselling Those Ragged Bloody Heroes, The Spell Broken and A Bastard of a Place and has co-authored with Neil McDonald 200 Shots: Damien Parer and George Silk and the Australians at War in New Guinea.
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.
Anita Burgh lives in France. She has four children and five grandchildren.
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.