Donald S Hall, PhD. and co-author Judi Suni Hall, PhD. have shared their lives and careers since marrying as undergrads.They both did PhDs in theoretical physics, then moved into industry and worked at AECL, Canada’s nuclear research lab.
Don’s PhD. is in theoretical physics modeling liquids. He started out at AECL doing research in the design of self-powered neutron detectors, then moved to tomography, and finally Artificial Intelligence. In that role he had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s leading experts in Artificial Intelligence.
Judi’s PhD. is in theoretical nuclear physics, the kind of modeling used to do stellar interiors. Judi started her career designing safety systems for Candu reactors. She shifted to industrial risk analysis, ending up Technical Manager of AECL’s RARE (Risk and Reliability Evaluation) Consultancy. In that capacity she worked with a number of industries, including the Canadian Space Agency at the time when the Canadian involvement in International Space Station was first being defined. That lead to the permanent love of the idea of humanity spreading into space.
En-route to represent Canada at a NASA conference Judi caught a severe virus that changed both of their lives. She shared the infection and the next 10 years were a write off as they struggled to rebuild their lives.
Don now runs Apps & More Software Design. It has recently expanded into psychiatric testing on the iPad and iPhone in collaboration with a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist.
In his youth Don played Junior A hockey, winning MVP for his team in their 1969 playoff run to the national semi-finals, and was invited to the Los Angeles Kings training camp. At graduate school he played goal for one year for the varsity team. He was also an avid box lacrosse player, playing goal at both the Junior and Senior levels. His love of both games and physics background naturally lead to the idea of inventing a similar game played on space stations in a weightless environment and in three dimensions.
In addition to writing science fiction, Don and Judi are internationally published haiga poets.