I myself was born in Sacramento, California in 1966.
Octavia Butler, of course, is brilliant and disturbing.
I feel SF is going through an experimental phase right now.
The Lord of the Rings movie set an entirely new standard for fantasy in the movies.
Fantasy is, of course, booming, and I think it's beginning to stretch its range as well.
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Communications and left formal education behind.
I'm mostly a novelist these days, but I have written short stories in Fantasy, Science Fiction and horror.
When I'm not at the keyboard, I'm generally reading, practicing tai chi or middle eastern dance, or cooking.
I have a better internal and intuitive understanding of folklore and myth than science and technology, so in that way fantasy is easier.
Actually, after while, finding the ideas is the easy part. Sorting them through and turning them into stories, now, that's the hard work.