Harlan EllisonEllison was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 27, 1934. Ellison moved to New York City in 1955 to pursue a writing career, primarily in science fiction. Over the next two years, he published more than 100 short stories and articles. In the late 1950s, Ellison wrote a number of erotic stories, such as "God Bless the Ugly Virgin" and "Tramp", which were later reprinted in Los Angeles-based girlie magazines. That was the beginning of his pseudonym Cordwainer Bird.
From his web page:
Who is Harlan Ellison?
Harlan Ellison does not surf the net. You won't find him out here in cyberspace, staring goggle-eyed at one of the many pages which were apparently designed by a team of color-blind dyslexics; or spending ten minutes downloading an MPEG movie that fills an eighth of his display for three seconds; or running a WebCrawler search on "Ernest Hemingway" which yields two Muriel Hemingway sites and a promo page for the movie Ernest Goes to Camp 2.
Harlan Ellison does not surf the net. He doesn't frequent Usenet. You won't find an fan group with his name, and you won't see him crucifying someone in alt.flame or trolling in alt.hi.are.you.cute. He doesn't e-mail his story revisions to editors or modem a copy of a collaboration to a friend. There is not an hellison@anywhere.
Harlan Ellison does not surf the net. He is an author who has won every significant award the Science Fiction genre has to offer (most of them in multiple), but he does not even write on a computer. Harlan types everything of his you'll ever read two-fingered into a manual typewriter - no power, no memory, no backspace. He is proud of this. He considers the foot-pounds of energy he invests in each piece part of his direct and visceral connection to his readers.
Harlan Ellison does not surf the net. He's out there in real life, baby, and in a way few people ever equal. He chews up each day like a candy wax coke bottle filled with syrup, and when he's done with it you can still pick out his teethmarks in what little is left. He's charged through life like a runaway train for six decades, and left a vapor trail which should be an inspiration for all the Walter Mittys and Miniver Cheevys of the world.
Steven EriksonSteven Erikson (born October 7, 1959) is the pseudonym of Steve Rune Lundin, a Canadian novelist, who was educated and trained as both an archaeologist and anthropologist. He is best known for his ten-volume spanning epic fantasy series Malazan Book of the Fallen, which began with the publication of Gardens of the Moon (1999) and was completed with the publication of The Crippled God (2011). His foray into Science Fiction has produced a comedic trilogy, the Willful Child Trilogy, a spoof on Star Trek and other tropes common in the genre, and a First Contact novel titled Rejoice, a Knife To the Heart, published in 2018.
Ian C. EsslemontIan Cameron Esslemont was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Canada. He is best-known for his contributions to the Malazan Book of the Fallen epic fantasy series popularised by his friend and collaborator, Steven Erikson (a fellow archaeologist). Esslemont is the co-creator of the Malazan world.
Esslemont and Erikson co-created the Malazan world in 1982 as a backdrop for role-playing games. In 1991 they collaborated on a feature film script set in the same world, entitled Gardens of the Moon. When the script did not sell, Erikson greatly expanded the story and turned it into a novel. The two writers agreed to both write books set in the same world. However, it took a further eight years before Gardens of the Moon was published by Bantam UK and Erikson agreed to write a further nine novels set in the same world. Life and work commitments delayed Esslemont's own entries to the series until 2005, when his first novel, Night of Knives, was published as a limited edition by PS Publishing (a mass-market release by Bantam UK followed in 2007). This book was a prequel to the main Malazan sequence. His second novel, Return of the Crimson Guard, takes place within the main Malazan sequence, shortly after the events of the sixth book, The Bonehunters. It was published by PS Publishing in May 2008 and by Bantam UK later that year. Both Night of Knives and Return of the Crimson Guard have now been bought by Tor for publication in the United States.
Esslemont is currently working on his third novel, with the working title Stonewielder. He expects to write up to three more novels set in the Malazan world.
Jennifer EstepBy night, Jennifer Estep is an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of ice and stone.
When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series for Berkley. The Bigtime books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals looking for love.
By day, Jennifer is an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper with a wide range of media and journalism experience. She’s also a certifiable fangirl and an authority on fantasy literature and culture. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups.