GREGORY BENFORD lives in Irvine, California, and lectures at the University of California. With his work Timescape, Benford received the United Nations Prize for Literature and the Nebula Award. He was awarded the Lord Award for contributions to science in 1995. Benford's research interests include astrophysics and plasma turbulence theory and experimentation. He has nearly a hundred papers in physics, including condensed matter, particle physics, plasmas, and mathematical physics, as well as a few papers in biological conservation.