Frank Schätzing, born in 1957, studied communication, worked as a copywriter in international agencies (BMZ, DDB) and is the co-founder of the Cologne-based advertising agency Intevi. For his novels and thrillers he has received the Corine Award (2004), German Science Fiction Prize (2005) and The Golden Feather (2005). His eco-thriller Der Schwarm (“The swarm”, 2004) sold more than 4.5 million copies and was published in 27 countries. Amongst other titles, his work includes Die dunkle Seite (1997), Nachrichten aus einem unbekannten Universum (2006), Limit (2009) and Breaking News (2014). Frank Schätzing lives and works in Cologne.