Stephen Baxter is a science fiction writer. He holds degrees in mathematics, from Cambridge University, engineering, from Southampton University, and in business administration, from Henley Management College. He worked as a teacher of maths and physics, and for several years in information technology. He am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. He applied to become a cosmonaut in 1991 – aiming for the guest slot on Mir eventually taken by Helen Sharman – but fell at an early hurdle.
His first professionally published short story appeared in 1987, and his first novel in 1991. He have been a full-time author since 1995. He is President of the British Science Fiction Association, and a Vice-President of the HG Wells Society.
His science fiction novels have been published in the UK, the US, and in many other countries including Germany, Japan, France. His books have won several awards including the Philip K Dick Award, the John W Campbell Memorial Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the Kurd Lasswitz Award (Germany) and the Seiun Award (Japan) and have been nominated for several others, including the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Hugo Award and Locus awards. He have published over 100 science fiction short stories, several of which have won prizes. His novel Voyage was dramatised by Audio Movies for BBC Radio and broadcast in 1999. His TV and movie work includes development work on the BBC’s Invasion: Earth, broadcast in April-May 1998, and the script for Episode 3 of Space Island One, broadcast on Sky One on 21 January 1998. His non-fiction includes the books Deep Future and Omegatropic.