Stephen Baxter applied to become an astronaut in 1991. He didn't make it, but achieved the next best thing by becoming a science fiction writer, and his novels and short stories have been published and have won awards around the world. His science background is in maths and engineering. He is married and lives in Northumberland.
`The most important living science-fiction writer in the
`The best SF writer in Britain'
Praise for Stephen Baxter's short fiction:
`The stories are the purest distillation of hard SF. They add up
to an essential collection'
`A luminous collection . . . Baxter can overwhelm you with a
traditional SF "sense of wonder" until your jaw drops'
`Baxter sends into free-fall the most awesome ideas in science
fiction today ... [He] reveals the mortal host in the machine.'