Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics and spent ten years as a college professor. He’s currently the director of research and analytics for mental health and addiction recovery facilities in Philadelphia. Lawrence is also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language. In addition, he's the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at showcasing up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas. In 2007, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Short Story in 2010, and Nebula Award nominations for Best Novella in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Some of his most popular writing deals with the ongoing adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist named the Amazing Conroy and his animal companion Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. His latest work, BARSK: THE ELEPHANTS’ GRAVEYARD, is a more serious effort, an anthropomorphic SF novel that explores prophecy, intolerance, loyalty, conspiracy, friendship, a drug for speaking to the dead, and elephants, in space. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.