David Batchelor is a physicist and science writer. He has been consulted on futurist topics by Wired Online, The Economist, The San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic Online, NBC Nightly News, and Star Trek Communicator magazine. He also appeared on television shows such as the 2009 PBS special "Science Trek." Dr. Batchelor is employed as an Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has published numerous scientific articles in journals such as The Astrophysical Journal. He has taught at the University of Maryland University College. The Metalmark Contract is his first published novel.