Ken Butcher has a B.S. in ceramic engineering from Ohio State University. His career as a research engineer eventually led to the creation of his own company that specializes in projects related to fuel cells and material processing. He served for two years as a reviewer for the Department of Energy’s fuel cell–related projects in the National Labs. He holds 15 U.S. patents and has published numerous scientific papers. This is his first novel. He lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.