Dr. Alan Marshall is a New Zealand born scholar and award-winning teacher, with expertise and training in both ecology and the social study of technology. He is the author of dozens of academic papers as well as both nonfiction and fiction books, all of which deal with the relationship between humanity and nature in some way. He has won the Kenneth M. Roemer Innovative Course Design Award from the Utopian Studies Society and a Mark Time Silver Award for Best Science Fiction Audiodrama for writing and coproducing the radio play "This Pointless Thing Called Life," broadcast in the US on NPR. He has lived and worked in some twenty-five different cities in ten countries around the world. He now teaches in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, where he resides.