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Science Fiction and Fantasy author and native New Englander William D. Richards describes himself as “A writer of tales, rider of motorcycles, paddler of kayaks.” He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His fascination with all things scientific, such as watching the space program put the first men on the moon, his interest in the natural world, and his love of telling stories drove him to become a writer of science fiction. When taking time off writing, Richards enjoys panning for gold, which combines scientific study of geology and materials with an enjoyment of nature. “Plus,” he says, “it makes a really great excuse for a grown man to play in the mud all day.”