Anthologist Bascomb James earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame and was a post-doctoral fellow in the NIH Laboratory of Persistent Virus Diseases. As a clinical virologist, he authored or edited four virology books, wrote a hat-full of scientific papers, and presented countless scientific lectures and workshops. A science-fiction fan since childhood, Bascomb credits his interest in science, engineering, and invention to the sci-fi stories he read as a child. Stories matter. They really do.