Frank M. Robinson was born in 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and the Korean War, in between earning a B.S. in physics at Beloit College, Wisconsin, and afterward an M.S. in journalism at Northwestern University in 1955. He then worked at a number of magazines, including Science Digest (1956-59), Rogue (1959-65), and Cavalier (1965-66). After working as a staff writer for Playboy from 1969 to 1973, Robinson became a freelance writer. He now lives in San Francisco, California, and is the co-author of Death of a Marionette.