Mike Brotherton grew up in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He earned a Ph. D. in astronomy in 1996 from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in observational studies of quasars. After research positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Kitt Peak National Observatory, he assumed a faculty position at the University of Wyoming in 2002. He is the author of nearly fifty scientific articles in refereed journals and regularly uses the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Wyoming Infrared Observatory, and the Very Large Array in New Mexico in the course of his research. He is a graduate of the Clarion West writing workshop and a finalist in the Writers of the Future contest. His short stories have appeared in anthologies including" In the Shadow of the Wall," and to magazines such as "Tales of the Unanticipated" and "Talebones." He lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with his wife, Leah Cutter, also a novelist, and his fierce cat, Sita.