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About the Author

Author Jim Bond, relaxing in an armchair on a porch while drinking tea from his favorite mug
Hello, my name is Jim Bond (formally James E. Bond). I grew up in a large family (5 brothers and 2 sisters) and small town (Candia; ever hear of it?) in southern New Hampshire. There I enjoyed climbing trees and exploring the woods behind my house with my brothers, when we weren't too busy weeding the family vegetable gardens. I acquired an interest in astronomy around the age of 5, after I broke my right arm (for the third time) and was confined to a crib for a few months. My parents gave me a sticker book of astronomy to pass the time, and the pictures of the moon and planets helped me escape my confinement, and connect to a much larger world beyond the living room window.

I studied physics and astronomy as an undergraduate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York from 1967 through 1971. It was here that I began to explore the world of science fiction. I moved on to graduate work in physics at Yale University, where I received a PhD in 1975. Because of the discouraging job market at the time, I soon changed career path, into medical physics. I have been employed as a medical physicist, primarily in therapeutic radiology, ever since.

I have been working erratically on the story The I of the Storm, under a variety of titles, for a good part of my adult life. Initially, I focused on developing what would become the philosophy of the octos, and only later wove this philosophy into a science fiction tale.

I met my wife Sue through mutual friends in 1985. We were married a year later, and our daughter Ellie was born in 1988. For several years, until the school closed in mid-2013, Sue was a teacher and then assistant director at a local nursery school. Ellie received a BA degree in clarinet performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2010, a Masters degree in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014, and is currently pursuing further graduate study at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Sue, Jim and Ellie Bond, near Mount Washington, NH in 2011