About the contributors:
Charles Sheffield and Robert Forward have for many years been prominent names in the "who's who" of progressive science and science fiction. Professionally, they were prime factors of Earth Satellite Corporation and Forward Unlimited respectively. Sheffield and Forward have been among the most respected names in their fields. Sadly, both passed away in 2002.
Dr. Kondo was head of the astrophysics laboratory at NASA Johnson Space Center during the Apollo and Skylab Missions, and later was director of an international geosynchronous satellite observatory for 15 years. He also served as president of two International Astronomical Union Commissions and one IAU division. He is the author of over 200 scientific papers and editor of 13 volumes. He is the recipient of the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, the Federal Design Achievement Award (in conjunction with the U.S. Presidential Award), National Space Club Science Award, and the Isaac Asimov Memorial Award. Under the pseudonym of E. Kotani, he has published 7 science fiction novels.
Dr. Bruhweiler is Director of the Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences and Professor of Physics at the Catholic University of Americ in Washington, D.C., and is author of more than 200 scientific papers and editor of 3 books in space sciences.
John Moore received his Ph.D.in Anthropology from New York University in 1974. His professional specializatons include Kinship, Demography, and Political Economy. His publications include 11 books and monographs, 41 journal articles, and 18 book chapters. Among his awards and honors are" Chair, Human Genome Diversity Project, North American Committee; Chair, Anthropology Section, Americn Association for the Advancement of Science. John Moore is currently the Professor of Anthropology, University of Florida.
Freeman J. Dyson, currently Professor Emeritus (physics) at the Institute for Advanced Study is one of the respected elder statesmen of science. Educated at the University of Cambridge, he has been honored as a Commonwealth Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is the award winning author of a considerable number of non-fiction works and in addition has been bestowed 18 Honorary Degrees.
Joe Haldeman has been a full-time writer since 1970 and a part-time professor at MIT since 1983. He is a member of the Author's Guild, Writer's Guild, National Space Society (on Board of Advisors),Space Studies Institute, and is a former President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Joe Haldeman has published more than 15 novels, as well as short story collections and anthologies. His novel Forever Peace won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Awards in 1998 - the first such "triple crown" in 22 years.
Doug Beason is Deputy Associate Director (Defence Threat Reduction) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has over 25 years of R&D experience. Dr. Beason previously served on the White House staff working for the President's Science Advisor (Office of Science and Technology Policy) under both the Bush and Clinton Administrations, where he was an adjunct to the National Space Council. Doug Beason is the author of more than 12 books and 50 scholarly papers, and was a Nebula Award Best Novel nominee (1993) for Assemblers of Infinity.
Geoffrey A. Landis Ph.D. is currently a Research Scientist at NASA John Glenn Research Center. His vast experience includes: Mars Pathfinder, Mars-2001 Surveyor Lander spacecraft, analysis of solar- and laser-pushed lightsails, advanced solar cell development, use of space resources, and advanced concepts for space power and propulsion. Dr. Landis is the author of more than 60 published science fiction short stories and novelettes. In 1992 his short story A Walk in the Sun won the Hugo award.
Sarah G. Thomason's professional career includes positions at Yale, University of Pittsburgh, University of Illinois, Ohio State University, University of Joensuu, University of Amsterdam and University of Melbourne in Australia. Sarah Thomason is currently a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan.
Denis H. O'Rourke is a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Kansas. He is currently a professor at the University of Utah's Laboratory of Biological Anthropology. His main areas of research are population and evolutionary genetics, genetic epidemiology, quantitative methods, Native America and Russia. He has worked on the patterns of genetic variation in ancient and contemporary populations of the Americas.