Robert A. Metzger has spent his entire life in the Los Angeles area, including his stint at UCLA, where he received a doctorate in electrical engineering, and his current stint at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, where he grows thin film materials for high-speed transistors by a process called "molecular beam epitaxy." His short stories have appeared in Aboriginal SF and Weird Tales, and he writes a science column called "What If?" that appears in Aboriginal SF. He lives with no cute pets, has no endearing hobbies, and hates yogurt with a passion that most people reserve for ax-murderers. He reads supermarket tabloids, refuses to wash his car, and has managed to convince several people that lettuce is his favorite food. He sold Picoverse, a major science fiction novel, to Berkley Publishers.