Jack Dann is a science fiction writer and editor who was born in 1945 in Johnson City, New York, and now lives on a farm in Victoria, Australia. He is a multiple award winning author who has written or edited over 65 books, which have been translated into thirteen languages. His short stories have appeared in major magazines and anthologies including Omni, Asimov's F&SF, Penthouse, and Playboy. His historical fiction novel about Leonardo da Vinci, The Memory Cathedral, won the 1996 Australian Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was number one on the Age bestseller list. His novella 'Da Vinci Rising', which integrates several sections of The Memory Cathedral with some new material, won the 1996 Nebula Award, making him the first Australian resident to win this award. He has received the Australian Aurealis Award twice, the Ditmar Award three times, and the World Fantasy Award.
Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia, on January 2, 1920. His family emigrated to the United States in 1923 and settled in Brooklyn, New York, where they owned and operated a candy store. Asimov became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of eight. As a youngster he discovered his talent for writing, producing his first original fiction at the age of eleven. He went on to become one of the world's most prolific writers, publishing nearly 500 books in his lifetime. Asimov was not only a writer; he also was a biochemist and an educator. He studied chemistry at Columbia University, earning a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. In 1951, Asimov accepted a position as an instructor of biochemistry at Boston University's School of Medicine even though he had no practical experience in the field. His exceptional intelligence enabled him to master new systems rapidly, and he soon became a successful and distinguished professor at Columbia and even co-authored a biochemistry textbook within a few years. Asimov won numerous awards and honors for his books and stories, and he is considered to be a leading writer of the Golden Age of science fiction. While he did not invent science fiction, he helped to legitimize it by adding the narrative structure that had been missing from the traditional science fiction books of the period. He also introduced several innovative concepts, including the thematic concern for technological progress and its impact on humanity. Asimov is probably best known for his Foundation series, which includes Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. In 1966, this trilogy won the Hugo award for best all-time science fiction series. In 1983, Asimov wrote an additional Foundation novel, Foundation's Edge, which won the Hugo for best novel of that year. Asimov also wrote a series of robot books that included I, Robot, and eventually he tied the two series together. He won three additional Hugos, including one awarded posthumously for the best non-fiction book of 1995, I. Asimov. "Nightfall" was chosen the best science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America. In 1979, Asimov wrote his autobiography, In Memory Yet Green. He continued writing until just a few years before his death from heart and kidney failure on April 6, 1992.
Harlan Ellison, 1934 - Harlan Ellison was born in 1934. He was first published professionally at the age of 15 in the Cleveland News. Ellison has written over 1700 short stories, essays, articles and newspaper columns. He was the first to receive the Living Legend Award by the International Horror Critics in 1995. In 1987, a 35 year retrospective of Ellison's work was published as "The Essential Ellison." Over the course of his career, Ellison has written for "The Outer Limits," "The Starlost" and "The Twilight Zone." He is a co-creator of the "Star Trek" series and is in his fifth season as Conceptual Consultant for "Babylon Five." Ellison is the only author in Hollywood to ever win the Writer's Guild of America's award for Most Outstanding Teleplay four times, the last time being "Paladin of the Hour" in 1987. He has won the Hugo Award 8 1/2 times, the Nebula Award 3 times, the Bram Stoker Award 5 times, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer's Association, the Edgar Allen Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America Award twice, the Georges Meilies Fantasy Film Award twice and was awarded the Silver Pen for Journalism by the PEN International Writer's Union. In March of 1998, the National Women's Committee of Brandeis University awarded Ellison the 1998 Wit, Words and Wisdom Award. He is the editor of "Dangerous Visions" anthologies as well as "Medea: Harlan's World," and has received the Milford Award for for Lifetime Achievement in Editing. Ellison is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild with voice credits and adapted a short story, "The Face of Helen Bournow" for a Showtime series.