Basilides Melchischyros was born in Ghaseedes on the island of Utopia in 1963. Youthful promise marked him out for public life, but his fundamentally reflective temperament and growing interests in extra-Utopian subjects led him into academic rather than political endeavours. After receiving his early education on the island he left for extensive periods of study abroad, as has become common since the state became more open to trade and cultural exchange in the later nineteenth century. As a student at Brakespeare College, Cambridge, he was awarded a PhD for research on the life and thought of Thomas More, Utopia’s first overseas commentator. Since then he has maintained a lifelong engagement with the rich literature and history of England, that other idiosyncratic island nation. A quizzical Anglophile, Melchischyros has enjoyed several visiting fellowships in England (most notably at St Bernard’s College, Cambridge, and Simon Magus College, Oxford), and he is currently working on biographies of Sherlock Holmes and P. G. Wodehouse. In his role as Philarch of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Academia Moriae, he has special responsibility for promoting new international research collaborations.