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Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)Isaac Asimov was one of the most famous, honoured and widely read science fiction authors of all time. Born in Russia but raised in the USA, his career as an SF writer began in 1939 with 'Marooned Off Vesta', in Amazing Stories. His output was prolific by any standards - in a career spanning five decades, he wrote more than four hundred books, won six Hugos, two Nebulas and the SFWA Grand Master Award, among many others, and provided pleasure and insight to millions of readers. He died in 1992 at the age of 72.
Diana Athill was born in 1917. She worked for the BBC throughout the Second World War and then heloed Andre Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name. Athill's distinguished career as an editor is the subject of her acclaimed memoir STET, which is published by Granta Books, as are four other volumes of memoirs - INSTEAD OF A LETTER, AFTER A FUNERAL, YESTERDAY MORNING, MAKE BELIEVE - and a novel, DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT.
Peter Atkins gained his PhD at Leicester University and his MA at Oxford, where he is Lecturer in Physical Chemistry and Fellow of Lincoln College. Visiting professorships have taken him all over the world ¿ to Israel, Japan, China, France and New Zealand. His research interests include quantum theory, particularly the theory of molecular properties.
A. A. Attanasio (1951 - )Alfred Angelo Attanasio was born in New Jersey in 1951, and published his first story, 'Beowulf and the Supernatural' in 1971. In addition to an MFA in creative writing, he holds a BA in biochemistry and an MA in linguistics. The author of many novels, he is best known for his Radix Tetrad, the first of which - Radix - was nominated for the Nebula Award. He lives in Honolulu, and writes most of his fiction inside a volcano: Koko Crater, a botanical garden near his home.
Marcus Aurelius reigned from 161 AD to 180 AD - perhaps the only true philosopher-king in the history of the world. In his MEDITATIONS, a series of notes to himself, he formulated his pantheist Stoic beliefs with a passionate religious conviction. The MEDITATIONS were written day by day, in every situation including war. They often appear to be responses to the stress of supreme power, from the imminent fear of death in battle, to the trials of everyday life.
Jane Austen was born in 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, where her father was rector. When she was 25 the family moved to Bath till her father's death in 1805, then to Chawton in Hampshire where Jane lived with her mother and sister. She wrote six novels. Sense and Sensibility was first in 1811, then Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Northanger Abbey and Persusaion were both published posthumously, in 1817. Jane Austen died in 1817. Well-received during her lifetime, since her death she has become known as not just one of the greatest writers of English fiction, but one of the most beloved.
The son of a City banker, Tom has lived in Sussex, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. He attended Harrow school and his travels have led him to the Andes, Patagonia, and South and North Poles.
Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies.Find out more at www.victoriaaveyard.com or follow her on Twitter @VictoriaAveyard
Pam Ayres has ben performing on television, radio, and stage for more than thirty years. She first became a household name during the seventies when she appeared regularly on television. She continues to perform on stage extensively, and has also published seven books books of poems, sales of which have exceeded over two million world-wide.