Born in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1951, Don Dixon studied astronomy at U.C. Berkeley and, since 1972, has made his living as an illustrator specializing in astronomy, astronautics and science fiction. He was awarded a Certificate of Merit by NASA for his animated visualizations of the Pioneer missions to Jupiter and Venus and has contributed pre-production designs to several feature films. He has painted covers for over 60 science fiction books, including 5 for Michael McCollum, 8 for Isaac Asimov, and the Hugo Award-winning Red Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. He is currently art director at the famed Griffith Observatory high atop Mt. Hollywood.
Like many in his field, Dixon traces his fascination with cosmic exploration to the paintings of Chesley Bonestell, an architect-turned-painter whose scientifically accurate depictions of spacecraft and other worlds helped set the agenda for spaceflight in the 1950's. Mr. Dixon works in both traditional media -- acrylic and gouache on illustration board, as well as occasional oils on canvas or masonite -- and the digital realm. His tool of choice these days is a Power Macintosh. You can see Don Dixon's prints in the Sci Fi - Arizona Art Gallery.
He lives in Long Beach, California with his lovely wife Anna and their three young sons.
Michael McCollum was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1946, and is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he majored in aerospace propulsion and minored in nuclear engineering. He is employed at Honeywell in Tempe, Arizona, where he is Chief Engineer in the valve product line. In his career, Mr. McCollum has worked on the precursor to the Space Shuttle Main Engine, a nuclear valve to replace the one that failed at Three Mile Island, several guided missiles, the International Space Station, and virtually every aircraft in production today. He was involved in an effort to create a joint venture company with a major Russian aerospace engine manufacturer and has traveled extensively to Russia.
In addition to his engineering, Mr. McCollum is a successful professional writer in the field of science fiction. He is the author of a dozen pieces of short fiction and has appeared in magazines such as Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, Amazing, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. His novels (all published by Ballantine, Del Rey) include A Greater Infinity, Life Probe, Procyon's Promise, Antares Dawn, and Antares Passage. His novel, Thunderstrike!, was optioned by a Hollywood production company for a possible movie. His other books include The Clouds of Saturn and The Sails of Tau Ceti. His latest books, Gibraltar Earth, Gibraltar Sun, Gibraltar Stars and Antares Victory, were published for the first time anywhere at Sci Fi - Arizona, and Third Millennium Publishing. Several of these books have subsequently been translated into Japanese, German, Russian, and English (as opposed to American).
Mr. McCollum is the proprietor of Sci Fi - Arizona, one of the first author-owned-and-operated virtual bookstores on the Internet. He is also the operator of Third Millennium Publishing (http://3mpub.com), a web site dedicated to providing publication services to author/publishers on the INTERNET.
Mr. McCollum is married to a lovely lady named Catherine, and has three children: Robert, Michael, and Elizabeth. Robert is a financial analyst for a computer company in Massachusetts. He is married to Patty, who once licked the big salt crystal in the Boston Museum of Science. Michael is a computer specialist. Half a decade ago, he was a Military Police Specialist with the Arizona National Guard. He found the promise of “one weekend a month and two weeks a year” to have been optimistic in the post-September 11th world. He went on a year-long camping trip at government expense to a garden spot somewhere between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, from which he returned safe and sound. Elizabeth is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and married to Brock. They live in Washington, D.C.
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