Georgy Zotov was born on March 1 1971 in Moscow. The future bestselling author was a very bad student. His teachers struggled to push him up through the classes. He hated studying and barely finished high school. Looking back, he now wishes he never did. Working turned out to be much harder.
Andrew Novak was born in 1971 in the vicinity of the city of Chernobyl which was soon to become tragically famous due to the nuclear disaster that turned part of the Ukraine into one large dead zone. Andrew drew on his childhood impressions of the catastrophe later in his writings. He was one of the original creators of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.