L.D. Alford, author of the acclaimed novels Centurion and The Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox series, and an experimental test pilot with over 6000 hours in more than 60 different kinds of aircraft, has served in worldwide military operations as a member of three different operational combat squadrons. A graduate of Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, the US Air Force Test Pilot School, L.D. earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran Univ., an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston Univ., and is a Ph.D. candidate in Aerospace Engineering at the U. of Dayton. Widely traveled, he is an avid scholar of the fascinating interplays of history, technology, and culture.