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Gillene Laney (neé Sneyd) is a retired journalist from South Africa who took up residence in America's Rocky Mountains in 2008. She shares her life with husband and coauthor Dr David Laney, currently resident astronomer at a mountaintop observatory.
Her career spans many years, during which she wrote for some of South Africa's leading newspapers and magazines, and edited corporate publications in the fields of finance and education.
David - after graduating with a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy - spent the bulk of his career as a senior research scientist and media liaison officer for the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town.
They have no children, but find joy in their marriage and in personal interests: traveling, books, music and the arts.