Pesach (Pavel) Amnuel was born in 1944 in Baku, Azerbaijan (formerly in the USSR), and was known as a astrophysicist and SF writer. Amnuel predicted (in 1968, with O. Guseynov) the existence of X-ray pulsars, which was later confirmed by the American Uhuru satellite. Their Catalogue of X-ray sources was considered the world’s most complete.
Amnuel first began publishing SF/F in Russian in 1959, his first story appearing in Technology for Youth magazine. His first collection of stories saw publication in Moscow in 1984. Since 1990, he has lived in Israel where he has taught at Tel Aviv University and edited several Russian-language newspapers and magazines, including Aleph and Vremya. Since emigrating to Israel, he has published the novels Men of the Code (1997), Three-Universe (2000), the latter involving social satire and kabbalistic mystery, with events transpiring in a mid-21st century Moscow run by the Russian Mafia and Israeli rabbis, and Revenge in Dominoes (2007), as well as sundry SF/F collections, short stories and detective novels. His work appears regularly in Russia, where he continues to claim a large fan base. He has won multiple awards, including The Great Ring, for achieving the greatest popularity among contemporary Russian writers, the 2009 Bronze Icarus Award of Russian Science Fiction, and the “Aelita” (the Russian equivalent of the Hugo) in 2012. “White Curtain” is one of several stories and novellas in his Multiverse cycle. These include the yet-to-be-translated novellas “Branches,” “Facets,” “What is Behind this Door,” “Seeing Eye”, etc. Appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 2014, “White Curtain” figured in Gardner Dozois’s 32nd Best SF of the Year anthology in 2015. It was Amnuel’s first publication in English translation.