Mark Pesce

One of the early pioneers of virtual reality, Mark Pesce has been exploring the frontiers of media and technology for a quarter of a century.  The author of five books and numerous articles, he is widely respected as a technologist, futurist, philosopher and communicator who can translate abstract concepts into concrete explanations.  Pesce has written for WIRED, Salon, The Age, ABC Unleashed, and NETT and his views on the interactive era have been profiled in publications such as Forbes ASAP, TIME Digital, WIRED and The New York Times.  For the last five seasons, Pesce has been a panellist on the hit ABC show THE NEW INVENTORS.
Kim Westwood

Kim Westwood first realised she might be a bit speculative when her short story 'The Oracle' won a 2002 Aurealis Award.

Since then there's been more speculation, much of it with an uneasy eye to the future and an apocalyptic air.  Her stories have been chosen for Year's Best anthologies in Australia and the US, and for ABC radio broadcast, and she is the recipient of a prestigious Varuna Writer's Fellowship for her first novel, a near-future poetic-apocalyptic tale set in Australia. The Daughters of Moab was subsequently published in 2008 by HarperCollins under the Voyager imprint, and shortlisted for an Aurealis.

She is currently working on her second novel -- another near-future tale, this time set in inner-city Melbourne -- which will be published by HarperCollins in 2010. 

She lives in Canberra, where the air is still clear enough to see right to the hills, and the cycle paths are excellent. 

Some more info can be found at the HarperCollins websites and