Ray Aldridge was born in 1948. His three-volume series Emancipator series features ex-slave investigator Ruiz Aw. The volumes are The Pharaoh Contract, The Emperor of Everything, and The Orpheus Machine. Short stories by Aldridge appeared in Full Spectrum 4 (1993) and The Best From Fantasy and Science Fiction: A 40th Anniversary Anthology. Among his shorter works are “Steel Dogs” (1989); “Gate of Faces” (1991), a Nebula Best Novelette nominee (1992); and “The Beauty Addict” (1993), a Nebula Best Novella nominee (1994).