Dietmar Dath (b. 1970) is an author, translator, dramaturge, lyricist, and presently, the film critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). In the past he was the chief editor of the rock magazine Spex before becoming the feuilleton editor for FAZ from 2001 to 2007. Dietmar Dath has written fifteen novels, as well as books and essays on scientific, aesthetic and political topics, including Maschinenwinter (2008), the biography of Rosa Luxemburg (2010) and his prize-winning sci-fi novel Pulsarnacht (2013). The German original of The Abolition of Species won the Kurd Lasswitz Prize for Science Fiction in 2009, was staged at the Deutsches Theater Berlin in the same year, and was short-listed for the German Book Prize. One of Germany's most celebrated contemporary writers, Dath has distinguished himself through works that deftly combine popular culture -- particularly music -- with left-wing politics and the fantastic. The Abolition of Species embodies the best of what Dath is known for and will cement his reputation among English readers excited to discover one of the freshest voices in contemporary literature.
Samuel P. Willcocks was the 2010 winner of the German Ambassador's Award for Literary Translation (London). He translates from Czech, German, Romanian and Slovene into English and lives in Giurgiu on the Danube with his family.