James Alan Gardner (“Jim”) is the author of several novels including Expendable (Avon, 1997), Commitment Hour (Avon Eos, 1998), Vigilant (Avon Eos, 1999), Hunted (Eos, 2000), Ascending (Eos, 2001), Trapped (Eos, 2002), Radiant (Eos, 2004), and (for street cred) Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Man of Bronze (Del Rey, 2005). His latest book is Gravity Wells (Eos, 2005), a collection of short fiction including “Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream” (Asimov’s, Feb. 1997) which was on the final ballot for both the Nebula and Hugo awards. Other short fiction has appeared in such magazines as F&SF and Amazing, as well as several paperback anthologies. He is a graduate of Clarion West (1989) and a two-time winner of the Aurora award. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife Linda Carson and a pensively sincere rabbit named Basil, both of whom are also working on novels.