Robert E Vardeman has been reading science fiction since he was eight years old. Vardeman has written several dozen short stories (about a quarter collected in Stories from Desert Bob's Reptile Ranch) and more than 70 science fiction, fantasy and mystery novels. His most recent is a reprint by Zumaya Otherworlds Publications of a space opera, Alien Death Fleet, originally published under a pseudonym. He currently lives in Albuquerque, NM with his teenaged son, Chris, and two cats, Isotope and X-ray. One out of four of them enjoys the high-tech hobby of geocaching.