Arthur C. Clarke
One of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th and 21st century, Arthur C. Clarke is the author of over 100 novels, novellas, and short story collections that laid the groundwork for the science fiction genre. Combining scientific knowledge and visionary literary aptitude, Clarke's work explored the implications of major scientific discoveries in astonishingly inventive and mystical settings.
Clarke's short stories and novels have won numerous Hugo and Nebula Awards, have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several of his books, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey II, have been adapted into films that still stand as classic examples of the genre. Without a doubt, Arthur C. Clarke's is one of the most important voices in contemporary science fiction literature.
Michael Paul Kube-McDowell is a Philadelphia-born journalist, teacher, and writer of science fiction. He received the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars' award for excellence in teaching in 1985. His science fiction short stories have been adapted by the TV series Tales from the Darkside and published in genre-specific magazines including Analog and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. His more traditional literary writing has been featured at Michigan State University's Michigan Writers' Series, and he has written over 500 pieces of nonfiction and investigative journalism.