“The finest escape in literature is an escape into a real and inviting culture,” asserts novelist L.D. Alford. He enjoys exploring with originality and intimacy those cultures and societies we think we already know. He builds compelling tales that make ancient and future worlds real to his readers. His stories uniquely explore the connections between events close and familiar and those that are possible—all woven together with threads of reality and fascinating technology that bring the future alive. L.D. Alford is familiar with both technology and cultures. He is an experimental test pilot with over 6000 hours in more than 60 different kinds of aircraft. He also served in worldwide military operations as a member of three different operational combat squadrons. L.D. earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the US Air Force Test Pilot School. He is widely traveled and has spent long periods in Europe and Central America. He is a featured writer for www.WingsoverKansas.com and has also written and published over 40 technical articles.