Boyd Morrison is a Seattle-based author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. He started his career at Johnson Space Center, where he flew on NASA's Vomit Comet, the plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. He went on to earn a PhD from Virginia Tech, develop fourteen patents at RCA, and manage a video game testing group at Microsoft before becoming a full-time writer. His debut thriller, The Ark, became an international bestseller and has been translated into twenty-two languages. His first collaboration with Clive Cussler, Piranha, was released this year.