As a scientist, David Brin studied comets and spacecraft design, taught university physics and writing courses, and was involved in academic research concerning exobiology, or the search for extraterrestrial life. As a New York Times best-selling novelist, Brin has won multiple Hugo, Nebula, and American Library Association awards for his books and short stories, which include Startide Rising, The Uplift War, The Postman, and his near-future thriller Earth. Brin began his scientific training at Caltech and received a Ph.D. from the University of California. He spent two years in France with his wife, Cheryl Brigham, also a space scientist. They live in southern California with two young sons, a daughter, and a hundred or so demanding trees.