Vadim Babenko

Bridging true science and literary fiction

Author Bio


Vadim Babenko | Author

Writing for me is not just a career, not a means to celebrity. It’s truly the essence of my being, the core of my existence.

I knew this from my early twenties and have never doubted it for a second. The most fascinating thing in the world for me has always been the magic of words, the beauty and harmony hidden within texts. I wanted to learn how to trace and expose them, how to capture them, touch them with my fingers. I know it’s impossible. But I’m still trying.

Each book is a separate universe, a cosmos with its own metrics. The only thing that makes sense in my life is nourishing these universes in my mind for years, and when they’re mature enough, converting them into written narratives, fixing their inner logic, setting the laws of their physics.

This is a tough job which never leaves you in peace. I wouldn’t want any other.

"Think Gogol, Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Chekhov and ...Babenko!"
Grady Harp, Amazon HALL OF FAME and TOP 100 REVIEWER
"Babenko is the Stephen Hawking of the Emotional Black Hole"
Scarlett Jensen, Amazon reviewer
"I can't say enough about Babenko's amazing power of description - especially with his splendidly depicted characters"
Norman Goldman,

About Vadim Babenko

  • Born in the Soviet Union.
  • Earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, Russia’s equivalent to MIT.
  • As a scientist at the Soviet Academy of Sciences, became a recognized leader in the area of artificial intelligence.
  • Published his first book of poetry.
  • Moved to the U.S. and co-founded a high-tech bioinformatics company.
  • Published his second book of poetry.
  • Left the company right after the successful IPO – to the bewilderment of everybody. Became a full-time writer.
  • Published five books in Russian including two novels, THE BLACK PELICAN and A SIMPLE SOUL. Both novels were nominated for the National Bestseller and the Big Book awards, Russia’s most prestigious literary prizes. THE BLACK PELICAN was a finalist in the National Bestseller Award.
  • Published English versions of THE BLACK PELICAN and A SIMPLE SOUL and his third novel, SEMMANT, in English and Russian. All books were translated in English with the author’s active participation.
  • A SIMPLE SOUL and SEMMANT won the National Indie Excellence Award (USA) – in General Fiction and Science Fiction categories. THE BLACK PELICAN was a finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the same award.
  • Published his fourth novel, THE PLACE OF QUARANTINE, in English and Russian.