STERLING E. LANIER | AUTHOR
Born in 1927 in New York, USA, Sterling Edmund Lanier was trained as an anthropologist-archaeologist and worked for a brief period as a research historian.
In 1961 he moved into book editing where his most notable achievement was undoubtedly the commissioning of Frank Herbert's massively popular and seminal science fiction work Dune, which had been rejected by many other publishers.
Lanier turned freelance in 1967, as both a sculptor (in bronze, silver and gold) and writer. His sculptures have been exhibited by many museums, including the Smithsonian Institute.
A lifelong fan of fantastic fiction (he devoured the Sherlock Holmes stories at age 14 and was a penpal of The Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien), Lanier's many stories have featured prominently in almost all contemporary leading science fiction and fantasy publications.
In his time he has been a member of the Science Fiction Writers Association and friend and colleague of such luminaries as Arthur C Clarke. His masterful two-volume post-apocalyptic cycle Hiero's Journey and The Unforsaken Hiero enjoyed considerable critical and popular success and remain fan favourites to this day.
Lanier's major achievement in fantasy fiction writing is arguably the sequence of thirteen stories chronicling the fabulous adventures of Brigadier Ffellowes, a character suggested by Conan Doyle's Napoleonic tales of Brigadier Gerard and undoubtedly inspired by Lanier's own upbringing within a military family (indeed, the first collection of Ffellowes stories is dedicated to his father, a U.S.N. captain).
Sterling E. Lanier died on June 28th, 2007, in Sarasota, Florida.
MARTIN SEMPLE | SCREENWRITER
Born in Greenock, Scotland in 1966, Martin Andrew Semple studied English Literature and Film & Television at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.
He has lectured in communications and audio-visual skills – notably devising and teaching one of the earliest screenwriting courses to be offered by a Scottish further education college –
in addition to copy-editing corporate publications and writing technical documentation for the IT industry.
Semple has been short-listed for the Scottish Film Production Fund Screenwriting bursary and BBC Scotland’s Tartan Shorts film program. He has worked on the development of a feature-length play and three-part serial for BBC Television Drama and researched and written original television documentary proposals for a leading independent UK production company.
A huge fan of genre literature and cinema from the earliest age, it is perhaps no surprise that he should discover in Sterling E. Lanier’s captivating Brigadier Ffellowes tales not only a collection of stories that he was immediately passionate about as a reader but which also fired his screenwriter’s talents to adapt to film.