Michael A. Armstrong was born 1956 in Charlottesville, Va., and raised in Tampa, Fla. He moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1979, and has lived in Homer, Alaska, since 1994. He has a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from New College of Florida and a master of fine arts in writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He also attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop. He has written two post-nuclear apocalypse novels, After the Zap and Agviq. He also wrote The Hidden War. His most recent published novel is Bridge Over Hell (Perseid Press). His short fiction has been published in Asimov’s, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Analog, Fiction Quarterly, and many anthologies, including several Heroes in Hell collections. Michael has worked as a field archaeologist, a technical writer, and an instructor of composition, creative writing, and dog mushing. Since 2003 he has worked as a reporter for the Homer News. He lives in the hills above Homer in a home he built with his wife, Jenny Stroyeck, a partner in the Homer Bookstore. He and Jenny play in Shamwari, one of Homer’s African marimba bands. They share their lives with Princess Leia, an enormously cute labradoodle.