David Kopaska-Merkel has a complex mind. He’s a geologist; a science fiction and fantasy writer; and a poet. He writes of our history, our present, and our future, the microscopic and the macrocosmic. He's fascinated by our reality, and by alternate realities: by time travel, space travel, alien species, AI—cutting-edge concepts in science, in sf, and in fantasy. Thus the poetry of Brushfires.