Liu Cixin, born in June 1965, is a representative of the new generation of Chinese science fiction authors and recognized as a leading voice in Chinese science fiction. His works have received wide acclaim on account of their powerful atmosphere and brilliant imagination. Liu Cixin's stories successfully combine the exceedingly ephemeral with hard reality, all the while focussing on revealing the essence and aesthetics of science. He has endeavoured to create a distinctly Chinese style of science fiction. Liu Cixin is a member of the China Writers' Association and the Shanxi Writers' Association. He was awarded the China Galaxy Science Fiction Award for eight consecutive years, from 1999 to 2006 and again in 2010. He received the Nebula (Xingyun) Award in both 2010 and 2011.
Lei Mi, formerly known as Liu Peng, a teacher of criminal psychology at China Criminal Police University, is well versed in both criminal psychology and forensic science. His career has given him insight into all sorts of crime, perhaps more so than most people learn in a lifetime. Having become known across the internet for psychological thrillers such as his Criminal Minds series, he has attracted countless fans. His major works include The Seven Readers (published as a serial novel from July to September 2006 in Legends from Today and Ancient Times: End of the Month Stories, and won their prize for best suspense story of 2006), Profiler, Skinner's Box, Blade of Silence, and City Lights. Lei Mi currently teaches in Shenyang.
Born in 1982. To his Chinese fans, he is better known by his pen name: Nanpai Sanshu. Originally engaged in international commerce, he once ran a foreign trade enterprise, and his days were filled with negotiating with American clients over every little thing. In his spare time he loved to read horror and suspense novels. Bored after having consumed nearly all of the good books in those two genres, he decided to write his own suspense serial: The Grave Robbers' Chronicles. To his great surprise, he turned famous overnight, becoming China's most popular suspense novelist. Nanpai Sanshu, or "Uncle Three," is the name of a character from The Grave Robbers' Chronicles, and that Xu Lei chose it as his pen name both demonstrates the connection he has to his work and the free and easy way in which he writes.