H. L. Oldie
Henry Lion Oldie, or H. L. Oldie (Генри Лайон Олди, Г. Л. Олди) is the pen name
Pen name
A pen name, nom de plume, or literary double, is a pseudonym adopted by an author. A pen name may be used to make the author's name more distinctive, to disguise his or her gender, to distance an author from some or all of his or her works, to protect the author from retribution for his or her...

 of Ukrainian science/fantasy fiction writers Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky. Both authors reside in Kharkiv
Kharkiv or Kharkov is the second-largest city in Ukraine.The city was founded in 1654 and was a major centre of Ukrainian culture in the Russian Empire. Kharkiv became the first city in Ukraine where the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed in December 1917 and Soviet government was...

, Ukraine, and write in Russian
Russian language
Russian is a Slavic language used primarily in Russia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It is an unofficial but widely spoken language in Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Turkmenistan and Estonia and, to a lesser extent, the other countries that were once constituent republics...

. On Eurocon
Eurocon is an annual science fiction convention held in Europe. The organising committee of each Eurocon is selected by vote of the participants of the previous event. The procedure is coordinated by the European Science Fiction Society. The first Eurocon was held in Trieste, Italy, in 1972. Unlike...

 2006 in Kiev, the European Science Fiction Society
European Science Fiction Society
The European Science Fiction Society is an international organisation of professionals and fans who are committed to promoting Science Fiction in Europe and European Science Fiction worldwide....

 named them the Europe's best writers of 2006.

The "H. L. Oldie" pen name was invented as a merger of their names, Oleg and Dmitry, respectively, and initials are derived from their family names in Cyrillic (Громов and Ладыженский). They eventually decided that H. L. should stay for "Henry Lion".

Oldie often collaborated with numerous other authors from Kharkiv, such as Andrey Valentinov, Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
Maryna and Serhiy Dyachenko — Maryna Y. Dyachenko and Serhiy S. Dyachenko are spouses and Ukrainian co-authors of novels and plays. They write in Russian and Ukrainian languages. The primary genres of their books are modern science fiction, fantasy, and fairy tales...


Dmitry Gromov bio

Dmitry Evgenievich Gromov (Дмитрий Евгеньевич Громов) was born March 30, 1963, in Simferopol
-Russian Empire and Civil War:The city was renamed Simferopol in 1784 after the annexation of the Crimean Khanate to the Russian Empire by Catherine II of Russia. The name Simferopol is derived from the Greek, Συμφερόπολις , translated as "the city of usefulness." In 1802, Simferopol became the...

, Crimea, Soviet Union. His family moved to Kharkiv when he was 11. There he graduated from Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute
Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute
The Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute National Technical University , in the city of Kharkiv, is the largest and oldest technical university in eastern Ukraine...

in 1986 and worked as chemistry engineer. Married, he has a son (born 1989). Since 1991 he has been pursuing a full-time writer career.

Oleg Ladyzhensky bio

Oleg Semeonovich Ladyzhensky (Олег Семёнович Ладыженский) was born March 23, 1963, in Kharkiv, Soviet Ukraine. He graduated from Kharkiv institute of culture in 1984. After that he became a theatre director
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