Dayton Ward is a New York Times bestselling author or co-author of more than forty novels and novellas, often working with his best friend, Kevin Dilmore. His short fiction has appeared in more than thirty anthologies, and he’s written for publications such as NCO Journal, Kansas City Voices, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Star Trek and Star Trek Communicator as well as the websites Tor.com, StarTrek.com, and Syfy.com. Before making the jump to full-time writing, Dayton was a software developer, having discovered the private sector after serving for eleven years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Though he currently lives in Kansas City with his family, Dayton is a Florida native and still maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved (and often beleaguered) Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Visit him at www.daytonward.com.