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Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States
near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books,
reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.
Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock,
Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton. A self-described
“feral child who was raised in libraries,” Gaiman credits
librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading.
began his writing career in England as a journalist. His first book
was a Duran Duran biography that took him three months to write, and
his second was a biography of Douglas Adams, Don’t
Panic: The Official Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion.
groundbreaking series ‘Sandman’, collected a large number of US
awards in its 75 issue run, including nine Will Eisner Comic Industry
Awards and three Harvey Awards. In 1991, ‘Sandman’ became the
first comic ever to receive a literary award, the 1991 World Fantasy
Award for Best Short Story.
Gaiman is credited with being one of the creators of modern comics,
as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences
of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as
one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific
creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song
lyrics, and drama.
for science fiction and fantasy form a substantial part of Gaiman’s
fan base, and he has continuously used social media to communicate
with readers. In 2001, Gaiman became one of the first writers to
establish a blog, which now has over a million regular readers. In
2008, Gaiman joined Twitter as @neilhimself and now has over 1.5
million followers and counting on the micro-blogging site. He won the
Twitter category in the inaugural Author Blog Awards, and his adult
novel ‘American Gods’ was the first selection for the One Book,
One Twitter (1b1t) book club.
Gaiman writes books for readers of all ages, including the following
collections and picture books for young readers: M
is for Magic
Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
Wolves in the Walls
(2009); and Instructions
is the New
author of the novels Neverwhere
(1999), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American
(2005), and Good
(with Terry Pratchett, 1990), as well as the short story collections
(1998) and Fragile
first collection of short fiction, Smoke
and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions,
was nominated for the UK’s MacMillan Silver Pen Awards as the best
short story collection of the year. Most recently, Gaiman was both a
contributor to and co-editor with Al Sarrantonio of Stories
(2010), and his own story in the volume, The
Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains,
has been nominated for a number of awards.
Graveyard Book (2008)
won the UK’s Booktrust Prize for Teenage Fiction and the Newbery
Medal, the highest honor given in US children’s literature, as well
as the Locus Young Adult Award and the Hugo Best Novel Prize. The
awarding of the 2010 UK CILIP Carnegie Medal makes Gaiman the first
author ever to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal with
the same book.