Christopher Priest is a novelist and science-fiction writer. His works include The Inverted World, The Affirmation, The Glamour and The Prestige. He is a four-time winner of the British Science Fiction Association award for Best Novel. Strongly influenced by author H.G. Wells, he was appointed Vice President of the international H.G. Wells Society in 2006. He has a longtime affinity for The Magus, and a deep understanding of the material.