Born and educated in England, Gerald Chapman began his involvement with play production at Cambridge University. In London, he was appointed to the Royal Court Theatre in charge of the Young People's Theatre Scheme and the Young Writers' Festival. He taught school, ran workshops, and organized the Young Playwrights' annual competition. In 1980 Chapman was invited by Stephen Sondheim to start a similar project in the United States. He founded and directed New York's Young Playwrights' Festival, which won a Drama Critics Circle Award in 1983. He also taught at New York University, worked in the New York City schools, and directed productions at the American Repertory Theatre, the Circle Repertory Company, and the Double Image Theatre. Gerald Chapmen died in September, 1987.
Melissa Scott is winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer in 1986 and two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award (1995, 1996). She holds degrees from Harvard College and Brandeis University, and has published seventeen novels, including Dreaming Metal (Tor, 1997) and Night Sky Mine (Tor, 1996).