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John Higgins

Robert Holdstock

Robert Holdstock spent his childhood between the bleak Romney Marsh and the dense woods of the Kentish heartlands, landscapes that inspire much of his work to this day. His writing has received great acclaim and won many awards, including the World Fantasy Award for ‘Mythago...

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley was born on 26th July 1894 near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early twenties, but it was his first novel, ‘Crome Yellow’ (1921), which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by ‘Antic Hay’ (1923), ‘Those Barren Leaves’ (1925) and ‘Point Counter Point’ (1928) – bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society. For most of the 1920s Huxley lived in Italy and an account of his experiences there can be found in ‘Along The Road’ (1925). In the years leading up to the Second World War, Huxley’s work took on a more sombre tone in response to the confusion of a society which he felt to be spinning dangerously out of control. The great novels of ideas, including his most famous work ‘Brave New World’ (published in 1932 this warned against the dehumanising aspects of scientific and material ‘progress’) and the pacifist novel ‘Eyeless in Gaza’ (1936) were accompanied by a series of wise and brilliant essays, collected in volume form under titles such as ‘Music at Night’ (1931) and ‘Enda and Means’ (1937). In 1937, at the height of his fame, Huxley left Europe to live in California, working for a time as a screenwriter in Hollywood. As the West braced itself for war, Huxley came increasingly to believe that the key to solving the world’s problems lay in changing the individual through mystical enlightenment. The exploration of the inner life through mysticism and hallucinogenic drugs was to dominate his work for the rest of his life. His beliefs found expression in both fiction (‘Time Must Have a Stop’, 1944 and ‘Island’, 1962) and non-fiction (‘The Perennial Philosophy’, 1945, ‘Grey Eminence’, 1941 and the...

Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand is the author of ‘Winterlong’ and ‘Waking the Moon’ – widely acclaimed both in Britain and the States. She lives in Maine, USA.

James Hise

Francesca Haig

Francesca Haig grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, Bodies of Water, was published in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. She lives in London with her husband and son. Francesca’s novel, The Fire Sermon, is the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy, and is being translated into more than 20...

Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly was born in San Diego. Her interest in fantasy began with reading The Wizard of Oz at an early age and has continued ever since. She attended the University of California, Riverside, specialising in medieval history and then spent a year at the University at Bordeaux in Southern France as a teaching and research assistant. She now lives in Los...

Tim Hamilton

In a career spanning over twenty years, Tim Hamilton has produced art for The New York Times Book Review, Cicada magazine, King Features, BOOM Studios, Mad Magazine, and Serializer.net. He most recently adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island into a graphicnovel for Puffin...

Ian Holt

Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt set up one of the first science fiction and fantasy web sites, www.SFcrowsnest.com, in 1994, the same year Netscape was launched as a graphical web browser. Today Stephen Hunt’s SFcrowsnest.com ™ has 700,000 readers a month. Originally set up to help promote Hunt’s fiction, the site has expanded into an online magazine featuring SFF book and movie reviews, editorials, fiction, articles and news. Contributors include authors such as Ken Macleod and Stephen Baxter, as well as hundreds of science fiction and fantasy fans around the world. Stephen Hunt lives in Surrey with his wife and...

Kim Harrison

The only girl in a large family of boys, former tomboy Kim Harrison invented the first Brigadier General Barbie in self-defence. She shoots a very bad game of pool and rolls a very good game of dice. When not at her keyboard, she enjoys lounging on the couch with a bowl of popcorn watching action movies with The-Guy-In-The-Leather-Jacket. She plays her Ashiko drum when no one is listening, and is hard to find when the moon is...

Amanda Hemingway

Jan Siegel, who also writes as Amanda Hemingway, has already lived through one lifetime – during which she travelled the world and supported herself through a variety of professions, including those of actress, barmaid, garage hand, laboratory assistant, journalist and model. Her new life is devoted to her writing, but she also finds time to ride, ski and attend the...

Robert J. Harris

Robert J. Harris was born and raised in Scotland. He studied Greek and Latin at university and has had a varied career. He designed the best-selling fantasy board game Talisman and is also the author of numerous short stories.

Tracy Hickman

Robin Hobb

Robin Hobb is one of the world’s finest writers of epic fiction. She was born in California in 1952 but raised in Alaska. She raised her family, ran a smallholding, delivered post to her remote community, all at the same time as writing stories and novels. She succeeded on all fronts, raising four children and becoming an internationally best-selling writer.Robin Hobb lives in Tacoma, Washington...