Guy Salvidge has taught high-school English. He won the Roy Grace English Scholarship in 1996, and the West Australian Book Council's Make Your Own Story Book Competition in 1998.
In 1999 he won the Katherine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award (Young Writers section) and was runner up in the KSP Speculative Fiction Award (Young Writers section) in 2000. Salvidge studied Creative Writing and Literature at Curtin University .
'Welcome to Yellowcake Springs; a pristine, friendly, secure community of citizens involved in the maintenance of one of Western Australia's CIQ Sinocorp nuclear reactor facilities. You have nothing to fear inside the heavily-guarded community, nestled in the quiet streets between the radiation Red Zone and the razor-wired fences. Raise a family. Go to the park. Watch the sun set between the cooling towers. Lament the desperate lives of the lost ones living in the darklands outside the community, where overpopulation and starvation have created a lawless world. Feel lucky. You belong to CIQ Sinocorp now.'