2015 Jeff VanderMeerJeff VanderMeer's most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), which prompted the New Yorker to call the author “the weird Thoreau.” The series has been acquired by publishers in 23 other countries. Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions acquired the movie rights with Alex Garland set to direct. VanderMeer’s nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Atlantic.com, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also edited or coedited many iconic fiction anthologies, taught at the Yale Writers’ Conference, the Miami International Book Fair, lectured at MIT and the Library of Congress, and serves as the co-director of Shared Worlds, a unique teen writing camp located at Wofford College. He is currently working on a new novel, Borne. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, the noted editor Ann VanderMeer.

2015 erik fazekasRight now: Editor, Translator and true Potterhead. Reader only when he can steal some time from Timelord. Before: Sales manager, Bookseller and Reader with unreasonable Book-shopaholic-addiction.

Many people think reading is his only passion. And especially YA. However he likes MG fantasy novels much more. And if he's not editing/reading, he's rewatching his favourite sci-fi TV Shows for 10.000 times!

But still--it's almost impossible to meet him without a book or Kindle.

2015 michaela musilovaDr Michaela Musilova is an astrobiologist - a researcher studying the origin, evolution and the future of life in the universe. She is particularly interested in the search for extraterrestrial life. Michaela has performed astrobiological research for several space agencies, including NASA, and as a reward her signature is currently on Mars. In 2014, she was selected as an analogue astronaut for a Martian simulation expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station, USA.

Michaela has been fascinated by space and astrobiology since she was 8 years old. As a child she even wrote a few short sci-fi novels, but these days she focuses on popular-science videos, workshops and articles (for example for Planet Earth, phys.org, Science Uncovered, Kozmos, Quark and others). Michaela really enjoys sci-fi and fantasy stories. Recently, Michaela was interviewed with Andy Weir to discuss his book, the Martian, and she is looking forward to reading the Fantasy Award stories.