Andreas Eschbach studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and later founded his own IT consulting company before becoming a full-time writer. Several of his novels, including The Jesus-Video and One Trillion Dollars, became nationwide bestsellers in Germany. He has been awarded both the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis, Germany’s most prestigious science fiction award, and the Deutscher Science Fiction Preis several times. The Carpetmakers, Eschbach’s only other book translated into English, was listed as one of the best science fiction books of 2005 by SFSite.com and recommended by Locus. In 2002 his novel The Jesus-Video was adapted for German television. Eschbach lives with his wife in Brittany, France.