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 won awards around the world. His science background is in maths and engineering. He is married and lives in Buckinghamshire.
`The most important living science-fiction writer in the
`The best SF writer in Britain'
Praise for The Xeelee Sequence:
`Polishes its ideas with such realistic brilliance you can see a
whole civilization in it'
`Fast paced, strong on suspense, efficiently written, and has
moral weight, but it is in the creation of a genuinely strange and
believable new universe that Baxter excels... rigorous, vigorous SF
at its enjoyable best'
`Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov and Robert
Heinlein succeeded in doing it, but very few others. Now Stephen
Baxter joins their exclusive ranks - writing science fiction in
which the science is right, the author knowledgeable, and the
extrapolations a sheer pleasure to read, admire, enjoy'
`Almost perfect... RAFT is very, very hard SF and it's great