Leonard Crane was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1964. Before turning to writing he spent his years training to be a physicist. The lure of Einstein's theory of gravitation had interested him from as far back as his teenage years, and continued to hold him in a trance for a very long time.
Unfortunately, due to some manner of cosmic mis-timing, Crane was shunted into the field of quantum optics, and earned a Ph.D. in the subject at the University of Queensland, Australia. Ultimately he came to the realization that, while quantum mechanics and its application to real-world technologies is a worthy pursuit, for him it proved too long on mathematical abstraction. Later, while at the California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow, he decided he was more interested in writing about science than practicing it.
Ninth Day of Creation, a tale which explores the uses and abuses of biotechnology in the era of genome projects, represents the culmination of three years researching and writing about a subject that has received very little public discussion - the application of genomic science to the development of sophisticated and novel biological weapons of mass destruction.
While Crane hopes to return to writing one day, currently he has his eye on the field of bioinformatics, where he hopes to dust off his programming skills and put them to use.
Biography provided by the author, July 2002