Ron Collins has contributed more then 60 stories to professional publications including Analog, Asimov's, and Nature. His writing has received a Writers of the Future prize and a CompuServe HOMer Award. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has worked developing avionics systems, electronics, and information technology. He lives in Columbus, Indiana, with his wife, Lisa. The obligatory cat's name is Keiko. You can find out more about Ron at his website: www.typosphere.com.