Jeanne Cavelos is a writer, editor, scientist, and teacher--but first and foremost, a Star Wars fan. She first saw Star Wars at age seventeen, and the opening shot, in which a huge star destroyer flies endlessly out of the screen, sent her heart racing. The Star Wars films fueled Jeanne's interest in space exploration and the possibility of alien life. Jeanne began her professional life as an astrophysicist and mathematician, teaching astronomy at Michigan State University and Cornell University and working in the Astronaut Training Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center. She is also the author of The Science of The X-Files.