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Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster in 1974. His first book, The Blade Itself, was published in 2006. He lives in Bath with his wife Lou and their three children Grace, Eve and Teddy.

Daniel Abraham

Gill Alderman

Gill Alderman was born in Dorset. She is married with two daughters and five grandchildren. She lives with her second husband (a research scientist), two lurchers and three cats in Cobh, on Coold Harbour in Ireland. Until 1984 she worked in micro-electronics research. Gill has written four books The Archivist, The Land Beyond, The Memory Palace and ‘Lilith’s...

Brian Aldiss

Brian Aldiss, OBE, is a fiction and science fiction writer, poet, playwright, critic, memoirist and artist. He was born in Norfolk in 1925. After leaving the army, Aldiss worked as a bookseller, which provided the setting for his first book, The Brightfount Diaries (1955). His first published science fiction work was the story ‘Criminal Record’, which appeared in Science Fantasy in 1954. Since then he has written nearly 100 books and over 300 short stories, many of which are being reissued as part of The Brian Aldiss Collection. Several of Aldiss’ books have been adapted for the cinema; his story ‘Supertoys Last All Summer Long’ was adapted and released as the film AI in 2001. Besides his own writing, Brian has edited numerous anthologies of science fiction and fantasy stories, as well as the magazine SF Horizons. Aldiss is a vice-president of the international H. G. Wells Society and in 2000 was given the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Aldiss was awarded the OBE for services to literature in 2005. He now lives in Oxford, the city in which his bookselling career began in...

Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson was born March 27, 1962, and raised in small town Oregon, Wisconsin. He is an avid hiker and camper, doing much of his writing with a hand-held tape recorder while on long walks in Death Valley, the redwoods, or the Rocky Mountains. He submitted his first short story to a magazine when he was a freshman in high school, and managed to collect 80 rejection slips for various manuscripts before he actually had a story accepted two years later (for a magazine that paid only in copies). When he was a senior, he sold his first story for actual money (a whopping 12.50), but he never slowed down. Author of the bestselling X-Files titles ‘Ground Zero’ and ‘Ruins’, he sold his first novel, ‘Resurrection, Inc.’, by the time he turned...

Linda Antonsson

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was born in Russia in 1920 and grew up in the USA. His fantastic career as a science fiction writer began in 1939 with the appearence of a short story ‘Marooned Off Vesta’, in Amazing Stories. He won the Hugo Award four times and the Nebula Award once. With nearly five hundred books to his name and several hundred articles, Asimov’s output was prolific by any standards. He died in 1992 at the age of...

John Ayliff

John Ayliff grew up in the south of England and was educated at the University of Durham. He honed his writing skills while working in the computer games industry, and still sometimes calls his protagonist the ‘player character’ by mistake. Belt Three is his first novel. He currently lives in Vancouver,...

Clive Barker

Clive Barker is a man of astonishing creativity – author, artist and film-maker; he has taken the worlds of the fantastique and horror and made them his own. Born in Liverpool in 1952, Clive studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University before moving to London. Eight years ago, he was still a struggling artist and playwright, mounting his own fringe plays. But at the same time he was also writing short stories. These were to be collected together and were published in six volumes, THE BOOKS OF BLOOD. The initial publication was low key, but THE BOOKS OF BLOOD nevertheless built up a huge readership through word-of-mouth. Clive Barker was on his way. Running parallel with his publishing successes is a flourishing career as a film-maker. Barker’s directorial debut, HELLRAISER, touched new heights of horror and earned him world-wide recognition. Clive moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to pursue his two careers more effectively. In true Hollywood style he lives in Beverley Hills in a house with a history that dates back to the early...

Steve Barlow

Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore are two of the authors of the best-selling LOST DIARIES series. They met whilst teaching in Nottingham in the 1980s and have been unable to get away from each other since! When not finding Lost Diaries, Steve Skidmore still teaches and both Steves write extensively for several publishers. Between them they have written, or contributed to, well over forty books. They enjoy working with children and were writers in residence at a local school during the National Year of Reading. They also perform at many festivals during the year, working tirelessly to promote history as fun! Steve Barlow lives in Derbyshire with his wife and two children. His hobbies include walking, sailing and dodging the attentions of enraged historians. Steve Skidmore lives in Leicester and enjoys rugby and live...