German science fiction author and physicist who won the 2001 Germany Fantasy Prize. His best-known novels include Andymon: Eine Weltraum-Utopie (Andymon: A Space Utopia) and Der Traummeister (The Dream Master).
He was born and raised in Klingenthal, Germany. He studied physics at Humboldt University.
He ranked at the top of a 1989 poll of the most popular German science fiction authors.
He married fellow writer Angela Steinmuller, with whom he collaborated on his most famous literary works.
He is a contemporary of horror novelist Stephen King.