Sergey Lukyanenko is a young Russian science fiction and fantasy writer (born in Kazakhstan and educated as a psychiatrist) who first saw print at the end of the eighties. Strongly influenced by Robert Heinlein and Vladislav Krapivin, he quickly enough established himself as an independent and professional writer and became well-known after writing the novel Knights of the Forty Islands.
Lukyanenko has been awarded many prizes - among them the much valued Strannik and Interpresscon. He is the youngest writer to have received the Aelita award for his "major contribution to Russian science fiction and fantasy".
Among the writer's latest projects there are a TV serial based on his novels Night Patrol and Day Patrol and an already highly successive web project, Transparent Stained Glass Windows, written with feedback from readers.
Married, he now lices in Moscow, keeps mice as pets and indulges in cooking, smoking a pipe and enjoying the whole thing.