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Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as a radar instructor for the RAF, rising to the rank of flight-lieutenant. After the war, he entered King's college, London taking, in 1948, his Bsc in physics and mathematics with first class honours.One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he has won Kalinga Prize, the Aviation Space-Writers' Prize and the Westinghouse Science Writing Prize. He also shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He has lived in Sri Lanka since 1956.
Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.
Aliens are amongst us and have been manipulating our past and our future. The master visionary SF author and his acknowledged heir come together again (the first was The Light of Other Days) to create a time travel extravaganza spanning countless centuries and cutting-edge ideas.Comparison: Peter F Hamilton, Iain M Banks, Greg Bear.Similar this month: None, but do try Andy Secombe, it’s such fun.