Alan Vincent Michaels was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, then moved to Rochester, New York. Having a fascination for all things a few degrees off center since the earliest thoughts danced in his cerebral cortex, he developed intense passions for science, art, music, astronomy, science fiction, history, ancient wisdom, fantasy, and adventure. After years pursuing a bohemian life in computers, advertising, and the music industry, he now focuses on creative and technical writing from his home in Venice, Florida. You can learn more about him at