Derek Künsken is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Gatineau, Québec. His fiction has sold to Asimov’s, On Spec, Black Gate, and other markets. Although trained as a molecular biologist, he left science to work with street children in Latin America and eventually found a career in refugee issues. When not writing, he is invariably found with his six-year old son playing with action figures, building forts, or reading comic books. He is just finishing a fantasy novel set seven years after the events in this story.