"Lester del Rey (1915 - 1993) was an American science fiction author and editor. He was the author of many books in the juvenile Winston Science Fiction series and the editor at Del Rey Books, the fantasy and science fiction imprint of Ballantine Books, along with his fourth wife Judy-Lynn del Rey. Del Rey first started publishing stories in pulp magazines in the late 1930s, at the dawn of the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction. He was associated with the most prestigious science fiction magazine of the era, Astounding Science Fiction, from the time its editor John W. Campbell published his first short story in the April 1938 issue: "The Faithful", already under the name Lester del Rey. The December 1938 issue featured his story "Helen O'Loy" which was selected for the prestigious anthology The Science Fiction Hall of Fame. By the end of 1939 he had also placed stories in Weird Tales and Unknown, which featured more horror and more fantasy respectively. In the 1950s, del Rey was one of the main authors writing science fiction for adolescents. During this time some of his fiction was published under the name "Erik van Lhin"."
Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) was the highly acclaimed author of numerous science fiction stories and novels, many of which were made into films. He is best known as creator of the classic Lankhmar fantasy series. Leiber has won many awards, including the coveted Hugo and Nebula, and was honored as a lifetime Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Philip Kindred Dick (1928 - 1982) was an American writer, whose published works mainly belong to the genre of science fiction. Dick explored philosophical, sociological and political themes in novels with plots dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments and altered states of consciousness. In his later works, Dick's thematic focus tended to reflect his personal interest in metaphysics and theology.
Frank Herbert (1920-86) was the author of Dune and its five sequels, as well as numerous other highly praised novels. Herbert became internationally famous for his science fiction novels and was also a newspaper journalist, photographer, short story writer, book reviewer, ecological consultant, and lecturer. His novel Dune is one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time, and the series is widely considered the archetype for all science-fiction that followed. Dune is the most admired science fiction novel ever written.
Brian Herbert is the son of legendary science fiction author Frank Herbert and has written the definitive biography of him, Dreamer of Dune, a finalist for the Hugo Award. Brian has also written many highly imaginative novels, including the Timeweb trilogy, the ecological fantasy Ocean (with his wife, Jan), The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma, The Unborn, and The Assassination of Billy Jeeling. His earlier acclaimed novels include The Stolen Gospels, Sudanna Sudanna, and Sidney's Comet, as well as Man of Two Worlds (written with his father). Brian has collaborated on many novels in the Dune series with Kevin J. Anderson, all of which became international bestsellers, and they also collaborated on the Hellhole trilogy. Brian comanages the legacy of Frank Herbert and is an executive producer of the new motion picture Dune and the forthcoming TV series Dune: The Sisterhood. He and his wife live in Seattle, Washington.
Kevin J. Anderson is an American science fiction author of more than 50 bestsellers. In addition to his original novels, he has written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, and The X-Files, and with Brian Herbert he is the coauthor of 14 novels in the Dune series. Anderson has also written numerous comic books, including Star Wars and Predator for Dark Horse, Justice Society of America for DC Comics, Starjammers for Marvel, The X-Files for Topps, as well as original titles for IDW and Wildstorm. He currently resides in Colorado, with his wife.
Raúl Allén grew up in the town of Valladolid, Spain. He graduated with a degree in fine arts from Salamanca University and moved to Boston to study illustration and design. He currently lives in Spain. Allén has worked for Marvel Comics, Valiant, and DC Comics, with writers such as Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Peter Milligan. Allén has also worked on more than a hundred covers for Valiant, Image, Boom! Studios, and Penguin. He has also worked for Quentin Tarantino, Playboy, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Billboard, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Allén's work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Rome, Berlin, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Madrid, and Barcelona. When he is not drawing, Allén directs, shoots, and animates music videos.
Patricia Martín is a letterer, comics artist, and illustrator nominated for multiple Harvey Awards. Born in Spain, she always felt the need to communicate either through writing or drawing. Martín began her career in the field of book publishing with companies such as Oxford University Press, El Jinete Azul, and Barbara Fiore Editora, working on lettering and design. Later on she moved to the illustration and comics industry, and for the last four years he has worked on Wonder Woman with Steve Orlando, Bloodshot Reborn with Jeff Lemire, Ninjak with Matt Kindt, and Secret Weapons alongside artist Raúl Allén.
Bill Sienkiewicz is an Eisner Award-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comics and graphic novel, most notably with Marvel Comics and DC Comics, earning him an international reputation and cult status across media industries. In 1984, Sienkiewicz was chosen by David Lynch to illustrate the comic book adaptation of his Dune movie for Marvel Comics. Sienkiewicz's work has graced museums and galleries worldwide; advertising campaigns for Nike, MTV, the 2006 Winter Olympics, and Nissan; and magazines such as Entertainment Weekly and Spin. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
James Henry Schmitz (1911 - 1981) was an American science fiction writer born in Hamburg, Germany of American parents. Schmitz is best known as a writer of space opera and for his strong female characters who didn't conform to the damsel in distress stereotype typical of science fiction of the time.
H.G. Wells is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. He was the author of numerous classics such as The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The War of the Worlds, and many more.
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum (1902 - 1935) was an American science fiction writer. His first story, A Martian Odyssey, was published to great acclaim in July 1934, but he died from lung cancer less than a year and a half later. He is best known for the groundbreaking science fiction short story, A Martian Odyssey, which presented a sympathetic but decidedly non-human alien, Tweel. Even more remarkably, this was his first science fiction story (in 1933 he had sold a romantic novel, The Lady Dances, to King Features Syndicate, which serialized the story in its newspapers in early 1934). Isaac Asimov has described A Martian Odyssey as a perfect Campbellian science fiction story, before John W. Campbell. Indeed, Tweel may be the first creature in science fiction to fulfil Campbell's dictum, 'write me a creature who thinks as well as a man, or better than a man, but not like a man'. Asimov went on to describe it as one of only three stories that changed the way all subsequent ones in the science fiction genre were written. It is the oldest short story (and one of the top vote-getters) selected by the Science Fiction Writers of America for inclusion in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One, 1929-1964.
Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over fifty Earphones Awards and thirteen prestigious Audie Awards. He was named Booklist's very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.
Barbara Rosenblat is a multi-award-winning voice actor for audiobooks. On Broadway, she created the role of 'Mrs. Medlock' in 'The Secret Garden'.
Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and throughout the United States. His television credits include 30 Rock, The Good Wife, All My Children, and all three Law & Order series. He has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, is an Audie Award winner, and has received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.
A two-time Audie Award winner, veteran actor Robert Fass is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Francisco Goldman's novel Say Her Name.
Katherine Kellgren has recorded over 200 audiobooks and won four Audie Awards, three ALA Odyssey Honors, and eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. In 2011, Kellgren was named the Best Voice in Young Adult & Fantasy, and she won the Audie award for Best Female Narrator in both 2013 and 2014. Kellgren has also appeared onstage in London, New York and Frankfurt. She has recorded numerous plays and dramatizations of novels for the radio, including winners of the Peabody Award. She is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In naming Kellgren a "Golden Voice," AudioFile magazine noted that she is a marvel with accents...she is definitely a narrator to keep an ear out for. She lives in New York City.
Scott Brick first began narrating audiobooks in 2000, and after recording almost 400 titles in five years, AudioFile magazine named Brick a Golden Voice and "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy." He has read a number of titles in Frank Herbert's bestselling Dune series, and he won the 2003 Science Fiction Audie Award for Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. Brick has narrated for many popular authors, including Michael Pollan, Joseph Finder, Tom Clancy, and Ayn Rand. He has also won over 40 AudioFile Earphones Awards and the AudioFile award for Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense 2011. In 2007, Brick was named Publishers Weekly's Narrator of the Year. Brick has performed on film, television and radio. He appeared on stage throughout the United States in productions of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth and other plays. In addition to his acting work, Brick choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films including Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He has also been hired by Morgan Freeman to write the screenplay adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama.
Stephen Thorne trained at RADA and played several seasons with the Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London. He has worked extensively in radio, with over two thousand broadcasts for the BBC, including Uncle Mort in the Radio 4 comedy series and the part of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings. His television work includes EastEnders, Boys from the Bush, Death of an Expert Witness, and David Copperfield.
Gregory Itzin is an American film and television actor. He is best known for his role as President Charles Logan in the series 24, a role for which he was twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy. He has had appearances in a number of television's most popular shows during the span of his career, including, Matlock, ER, CSI, Friends, The West Wing, and three different Star Trek series. He's also had roles in numerous films including, Adaptation, The Ides of March, and Lincoln. Most recently he's had recurring roles in The Mentalist and Covert Affairs.