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J.W. Alden writes Science Fiction & Fantasy. Growing up along the coasts of Florida, James learned to hate the sun and love the shade. While most kids his age spent their weekends at the beach or on the basketball court, he buried himself in books. He now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he is trying desperately to understand the difference between a state and a commonwealth. Alden is a 1st Place Writers of the Future winner, a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and an active member of SFWA. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and various other publications. Find him online at AuthorAlden.com.