Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl was one of the most celebrated SF debuts of all time, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Following a number of award-winning novels for younger readers, The Water Knife marks his return to adult fiction. He is a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, and lives in Colorado with his wife and son.
DAVE BARDIN is an illustrator by day and, well, night too. When he's not drawing in his Stronghold of Seclusion he patrols the streets, protecting the innocent and vanquishing evil. Strangely, the source of his powers is also his one weakness--MASHED POTATOES!
Tracy Barrett is the author of numerous acclaimed and award-winning books for young readers. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Richard Barrios is the author of A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film, which was awarded the Theatre Library Association Prize. He has presented films at the Smithsonian Institute and the Film Forum; appeared as narrator in documentary films; and contributed audio commentaries to numerous DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Barrios lives in western New Jersey.
Ron Bates is a novelist and humor columnist who writes about secret laboratories, monsters, bullies, robots, cafeteria food, and other perils of middle school. A former newspaper reporter, he is the author of How to Make Friends and Monsters, How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots, the comic book series Brawn, and numerous poems and plays for kids who like to laugh. He lives in Texas.
Nina Bawden (1925-2012) was one of Britain's best-loved writers for both adults and children. Several of her children's books - Carrie's War, a Phoenix Award winner;The Peppermint Pig, which won the Guardian Fiction Award; and Keeping Henry - have become contemporary classics. She wrote over forty novels, slightly more than half of which are for adults, and she was shortlisted for the 1987 Man Booker Prize for Circles of Deceit. She received the prestigious S T Dupont Golden Pen Award for a lifetime's contribution to literature in 2004, and in 2010 The Birds on the Trees was shortlisted for the Lost Booker of 1970.
Harry and Michael Baxter
Harry and Michael Baxter are both experienced music teachers: Harry Baxter studied at the Hichschule fur Musik, Berlin, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, while his son Michael graduated from King's College, London University, and the Royal Academy of Music and now teaches, composes and runs a music publishing company.
Lindsey Becker writes middle grade fiction about ghosts, monsters, mythical beasts, and daring children who love adventure and magic. The Star Thief is her debut novel, and she invites you to visit her online at literarylilycate.blogspot.com or @lcatebecker. She lives in Wisconsin.
Amongst other titles, Raymond has written ten authorised James Bond works, including a non-fiction title that was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award. Under a pseudonym, he is also the author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling books that continue Tom Clancy's line of political thrillers.
Len Berman has hosted World Series games and Super Bowls and reported on four Olympics. He appears regularly on Today and NBC 4 in New York
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.
Will Birch is a former drummer, songwriter and record producer, working with amongst others. Throughout the 1990s, Will wrote many articles for Mojo and other music magazines and in 2000 published his first book No Sleep Till Canvey Island - The Great Pub Rock Revolution.
Georges Bizet was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.
Ashley Herring Blake
Ashley Herring Blake lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two sons. She is the author of the young adult novel Suffer Love. Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World is her debut middle grade novel.
William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty, the writer of numerous novels and screenplays, is best known for his mega-bestselling novel THE EXORCIST. Blatty lives with his wife and a son in Maryland.
Francesca Lia Block
Francesca Lia Block is the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books of stories, nonfiction, and fiction, including the Weetzie Bat books, her series of magical-realism novels. She has received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award, and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association, the New York Times Book Review, and Publisher's Weekly.
Nelson DeMille collaborated on MAYDAY with Thomas Block and the novel was first published under Block's name in 1979, becoming an international bestseller. Nelson DeMille has written eight other novels.
Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Bloom is the author of The American Songbook: The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs; Jerry Herman: The Lyrics; and a two-volume history of Twentieth Century-Fox music, among other books. He lives in New York City.
Michael Brawer spent 15 years as a teacher in New Jersey. An avid reader of science fiction, he has written curricula for courses on the subject. Wendy and Michael live with their family in New Jersey.
Allison Brennan worked in the California State Legislature before leaving to concentrate on her family and writing. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Visit her at www.allisonbrennan.com