I grew up a mile from the gates of Kennedy Space Center. Being so close to that nexus of imagination – and watching launches from my front lawn as the windows of my home shook – really fueled my creative fires and helped set me on the path to writing science fiction.

My job career is varied and likewise boring, so I’ll skip to the good stuff afterward. I recently spent two years traveling the world with my lovely wife, and stuffing my brain so full of ideas it would take more than one lifetime for me to write the respective books. I decided the best I could do was to pick the best ones.