About the Author
Derek Laurens is the pen name of Northern California attorney Bryan Smith. G. (Gerald) Bryan Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia State University in 1979 (BA, Journalism). Thereafter, he worked for several years as a reporter and news editor for Atlanta-area newspapers until deciding to go to law school in 1983. He attended Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University (Juris Doctorate, 1986); and later Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco (L.L.M., Master of Laws in Taxation, 1996). He is an active member of the State Bars of California and Georgia. The author's direct e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. From a teenager Mr. Smith has been an avid fan of science-fiction literature and film. His favorite science-fiction writers, in alphabetical surname order, are the grand masters of Poul Anderson, Piers Anthony, James Blish, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Richard Matheson, and Clifford D. Simak. Mr. Smith was a regular childhood fan of the original Star Trek and Outer Limits television series. Lizard's Lair is Mr. Smith's second published novel--this one is actually termed a "novella" at around 20,000 words--and is a "prequel" to the already noted science-fiction space adventure novel, "The Survivors."