When he's not bicycling, baking pies and acting as a masseuse and doorman for his cat, Kurt Cobb writes about energy and the environment on his blog, Resource Insights, and as a columnist for the Paris-based science news site, Scitizen. He's a former newspaper reporter and ad man and a sometimes media consultant to political campaigns. He cooks Indian food himself and goes out for Thai. His specialty is pesto. All of which explains why the characters in his novel, Prelude, spend a lot of time at nice restaurants.