Adam Sisman is an award-winning writer, author of BOSWELL'S PRESUMPTUOUS TASK, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and winner of the US National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and of biographies of John le Carré and Hugh Trevor-Roper. He lives in Bristol.
Robyn Sisman was born in Los Angeles, but lived in Illinois, Geneva, Oxford and Munich as a child. She worked as an au pair, an English teacher in Ethiopia and then finally as a secretary in publishing from where she worked her way up to a glittering career, before changing it all and becoming a mother and bestselling novelist. Robyn was married to the biographer, Adam Sisman, and died in 2016.
One of Britain's greatest-ever equestrians, Nick Skelton was born in Warwickshire in 1957. Having won team gold in London at his eighth Olympic Games in Rio, 2016, he won the individual gold medal, the first British rider ever to do so, proving himself one of Britain's most durable sports stars. He was made CBE in the New Year's Honours List in 2017. His memoir GOLD was published in 2017.
Chris Skidmore is the author of four books on medieval and Tudor history: RICHARD III, BOSWORTH, EDWARD VI and DEATH AND THE VIRGIN. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is also the Member of Parliament for Kingswood and in July 2016 was appointed as Minister for the Constitution in the Cabinet Office. www.chrisskidmore.co.uk @bosworthbattle
John Sladek (1937 - 2000)John Sladek was born in Iowa in 1937 but moved to the UK in 1966, where he became involved with the British New Wave movement, centred on Michael Moorcock's groundbreaking New Worlds magazine. Sladek began writing SF with 'The Happy Breed', which appeared in Harlan Ellison's seminal anthology Dangerous Visions in 1967, and is now recognized as one of SF's most brilliant satirists. His novels and short story collections include The Muller Fokker Effect, Roderick and Tik Tok, for which he won a BSFA Award. He returned to the United States in 1986, and died there in March 2000.
Maya Slater gave up teaching French at London University to write fiction. She is married with two daughters and lives in London. She has published books on French literature, and translations from French in prose and verse. Mr Darcy's Diary is her first novel.
Her website is www.mayaslater.com
Sweetpea Slight spent twenty years working with renowned theatre producer Thelma Holt. Their working relationship spanned the National Theatre, the Peter Hall Company and finally Thelma Holt Ltd.She lives in London and Dorset.
William Sloane (1906 - 1974)William Milligan Sloane III was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1906. He was an editor at a number of distinguished houses, including Henry Holt & Company and Funk & Wagnall's, before founding his own publisher, William Sloane Associates, Inc.He resigned from his own company in 1952 and from 1955 until his death, was the director of Rutgers University Press. He was also a playwright and author who wrote two novels of interest to the SF field: To Walk the Night and The Edge of Running Water. He died in New York in 1974.
Previous titles include: Tricky Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Ingenious Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Perplexing Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Intriguing Lateral Thinking Puzzles
Tim Smit was born in 1954 in Scheveningen, Holland, and educated in the UK. After graduating from Durham University he worked as a county archaeologist before spending ten years as a record producer and composer, successful in Europe, the USA and Japan.
In 1987 he and his family moved to Cornwall where, with John Nelson, he was to discover Heligan.
Colin Smith is the acclaimed author of SINGAPORE BURNING and co-author of ALAMEIN: WAR WITHOUT HATE.
Cordwainer Smith (1913 - 1966)
Cordwainer Smith was the most famous pen name of US foreign policy adviser Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger. Born in Milwaukee in 1913, his godfather was the Chinese revolutionary and political leader, Sun Yat-sen - the result of his political activist father's close ties with leaders of the Chinese revolution. Smith held a PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins, served in the US military during the Second World War and acted as an adviser to President Kennedy. Although he only published one novel, Norstrilia, Smith is well regarded for his short fiction, the majority of which is set in his future history of the Instrumentality of Mankind.
Dan Smith grew up following his parents across the world to Africa, Indonesia and Brazil. He has been writing short stories for as long as he can remember and has been published in the anthology MATTER 4, shortlisted for the Royal Literary Fund mentor scheme, the Northern Writers Awards, the 2010 Brit Writers Published Author of the Year award and the Authors' Club First Novel award. He lives in Newcastle with his family. Find out more at
David James Smith
David James Smith was born in Hemel Hempstead in 1956 and has been a journalist all his working life. He writes for the Sunday Times Magazine.For more information visit www.davidjamessmith.net. Follow David James Smith on Twitter at https://twitter.com/htimssemajdivad and join him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/david.j.smith.7906.
E.E. 'Doc' Smith
E. E. 'Doc' Smith (1890 - 1965)
Edward Elmer Smith was born in Wisconsin in 1890. He attended the University of Idaho and graduated with degrees in chemical engineering; he went on to attain a PhD in the same subject, and spent his working life as a food engineer. Smith is best known for the 'Skylark' and 'Lensman' series of novels, which are arguably the earliest examples of what a modern audience would recognise as Space Opera. Early novels in both series were serialised in the dominant pulp magazines of the day: Argosy, Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories and a pre-Campbell Astounding, although his most successful works were published under Campbell's editorship. Although he won no major SF awards, Smith was Guest of Honour at the second World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, in 1940. He died in 1965.
Frederick E. Smith
Frederick E. Smith's 633 Squadron was made into a major motion picture, and has spawned a whole series of follow-up novels. He still receives enquiries from all over the world asking for information about the Squadron and its characters. He now lives in Southbourne in Bournemouth.
Gavin G. Smith
Gavin G. Smith is the Dundee-born author of the hard edged, action-packed SF novels Veteran, War in Heaven, Age of Scorpio, A Quantum Mythology and The Beauty of Destruction, as well as the short story collection Crysis: Escalation. He has collaborated with Stephen Deas as the composite personality Gavin Deas and co-written Elite: Wanted, and the shared world series Empires: Infiltration and Empires: Extraction.
Louis Smith is a 23-year-old star gymnast, winning Olympic silver and bronze medals at London 2012 and becoming champion of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Find out more about Louis at louis-smith-official.com, tweet him on @louissmith1989, like him on Facebook facebook.com/louissmithofficial, see his photo stream at flickr.com/photos/louissmithofficial and watch videos at youtube.com/user/LouisSmithOfficial.
SUNDAY TIMES journalist Michael Smith was the defence correspondent of the DAILY TELEGRAPH for many years. He is a former member of the British Army's Intelligence Corp and lives in Henley with his wife and family.Michael Smith is the Defence Correspondent of the Sunday Times. A former member of the Army Intelligence Corps, Smith has reported on all Britain's recent wars and broken a number of important stories.
Maudie Smith began her career as an actor. She spent years perching on scenery in the back of a van, while touring with a small-scale theatre company. In children's theatre, she played well-known characters such as Piglet and the Snow Queen. She co-devised many of the plays in which she performed and has written lyrics for musicals, cabaret and a libretto. She recently graduated from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People. Maudie lives in a village near Bath with her screenwriter husband, two daughters, two cats, two chickens and far too many stick insects.Visit her website http://www.maudiesmith.co.uk/ and follow her on Twitter @MaudieSmith