Mike Resnick was born on March 5, 1942. He sold his first article in 1957, his first short story in 1959, and his first book in 1962. He is a 5 time Hugo Award winner, and according to Locus is the 4th most-honored writer, living or dead, in the
history of science fiction.
He attended the University of Chicago from 1959 through 1961, won 3 letters on the fencing team, majored in absenteeism, met, and married, Carol. Their daughter, Laura, was born in 1962, and has since become a writer herself, winning 2 awards for her romance novels and the 1993 Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer. Her first fantasy novel, IN LEGEND BORN, came out in 1998 by Tor and the paperback hit the shelves in October of 2000.
Mike and Carol discovered science fiction fandom in 1962, attended their first Worldcon in 1963, and 76 sf books into his career, Mike still considers himself a fan and frequently contributes articles to fanzines. He and Carol appeared in five Worldcon masquerades in the 1970s in costumes that she created, and won four of them. (For some personal recollections of Worldcon and fandom in general, read the Worldcon Memories series and Roots and a Few Vines printed in the fanzine, Mimosa.)
Mike labored anonymously but profitably from 1964 through 1976, selling more than 200 novels, 300 short stories and 2,000 articles, almost all of them under pseudonyms, most of them in the "adult" field. He edited 7 different tabloid newspapers and a pair of men's magazines, as well.
In 1968 Mike and Carol became serious breeders and exhibitors of collies, a pursuit they continued through 1981. (Mike is still an AKC-licensed collie judge.) During that time they bred and/or exhibited 27 champion collies, and were the country's leading breeders and exhibitors during various years along the way.