Govert Schilling writes about astronomy and space exploration for newspapers and magazines including de Volkskrant, Science and New Scientist. His previous books include Werelden naast de aarde (Worlds Near the Earth, 1990), De salon van God (God’s Salon, 1993) and Tweeling aarde (Twin Earth, 1997). Flash! The hunt for cosmic super-explosions (2000) was translated into English and Chinese. He was awarded the 2002 Eureka! Prize for his contribution to popularising science and technology.