Cristian Tudor Popescu - prose writer, journalist and political analyst. Born on October 1st 1956 in Bucharest. After graduating “Gheorghe Sincai” secondary school in Bucharest in 1975, he graduated from the Faculty of Automatics and Computers of the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest in 1981.
Between 1986 and 1989 he was the leader of the SF literary circle “Prospectart” at the Astronomical Observatory in Bucharest. In the meantime, he attended “Junimea” literary circle of the University of Bucharest.
He first appeared in print with a science-fiction story in “Echinox” literary review of Cluj Napoca (1984). His first book was Planetarium (SF short stories, Albatros, 1987). He contributed short fiction and articles to the following literary reviews: “Contrapunct”
, “Lettre Internationale”, “Adevarul literar si artistic”, “Arc”, “Familia”. Nowadays he is an editorialist of “Adevarul” newspaper.
After his debut, he published the following books: Time of the Dry Colt/ Vremea minzului sec (Cartea Romaneasca, 1991; reprinted by Polirom, 1998); Children of the Beast / Copiii fiarei (essays and articles. Polirom, 1997); Dead time / Timp mort (essays and articles. Polirom, 1998). He also edited the anthology of SF short stories The Empire of Wry Mirrors / Imperiul oglinzilor strimbe (Adevarul, 1994) He was awarded the prize of the Science Fiction European Congress, in Montpellier for Planetarium / Planetarium (1987). and the “Pamfil Seicaru” prize for political journalism (1997).
As a journalist, he travelled to Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, China, India, USA, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, and Italy. At present, the author is editor in chief of the daily newspaper “Adevarul” in Bucharest and of its literary supplement, “Adevarul literar si artistic”. Several critics commented on his writings, such as: Valeriu Cristea. Eugen Simion, Ovid. S. Crohmalniceanu, Nicolae Manolescu, Mircea lorgulescu, Alex. Stefanescu, Dorin Tudoran, and others.