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.
HyeKyung Baek is a bestselling manga creator in South Korea well known for her stylish flair and sense of drama. Her skills are ideally suited to bring the lives of the original Gossip Girl cast to life.
Juliet Barker has a D.Phil in history from Oxford University, and was for six years librarian/curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth. She has been involved with all recent research into the Brontës, and has made many major new finds which are revealed for the first time in this book.
Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems: Judith Chernaik ? American academic and from Brooklyn, now a London resident. Gerard Benson ? widely published professional poet, gives regular poetry performances, an original Barrow Poet, lives in Bradford.Cicely Herbert ? widely published, London resident, also a Barrow Poet.
Peter Butter, formerly Regius Professor of English at Glasgow University, has written widely on Romantic, Victorian and modern poetry, especially on Blake, Shelley and Edwin Muir.
Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, the most recent being The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria.
Emile Bravo is an Eisner-nominated (Best Painter, 2010, My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill) French comic creator. He is known for his semi-realistic style which clearly shows the influence of masters like Herge (Tintin). Emile recently made an appearance at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con at the Fanfare/Ponet Mon booth and appeared on two panels, one on international comics and one on graphic novel writing.
Isabelle Brent studied graphics at Loughborough College of Art and the College des Beaux Arts at Troyes.
Douglas Brooks-Davies was born in Wimbledon in 1942, and educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby and Brasenose College, Oxford. Formerly Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester, where he remains an Honorary Research fellow, he has published widely on Renaissance and later literature, and is now a freelance writer. His hobbies include gardening, singing, and playing the oboe.
James Burks is an animator who has worked as Assistant Animator at Warner Brothers Feature Animation as well as Disney Feature Animation. He worked on such feature films as Space Jam, The Iron Giant, The Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis and Treasure Planet. For the past several years, he has be doing storyboarding for television animation and is currently directing on the hit Nick Jr. show, Wow Wow Wubbzy!