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Laurence Yep

As a child, Laurence Yep always felt like an outsider, a theme he explores in his novels. Born in San Francisco, Yep is a Chinese American who grew up in an African-American neighborhood and went to school in San Francisco's Chinatown. Although most of this classmates spoke Chinese, Yep did not. Later he attended a mostly white high school. Yep discovered science fiction while he was a teenager and published his first sci-fi story at 18. Dragonwings, the product of six years of research, was inspired by the true story of a Chinese man who flew his own flying machine in 1909.