L. McKiernan was born April 4, 1932, in Moberly, Missouri, where he lived
until age eighteen, when he joined the U.S. Air Force and served four
years spanning the Korean War. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering
from the University of Missouri in 1958 and an M.S. in the same field
from Duke University in 1964.
spent thirty-one years as one of the AT&T; Bell Laboratories whiz kids
in research and development in antiballistic missile defense systems,
in software for telephone systems, and in various management think-tank
activities before changing careers to be a full-time writer.
living in Tucson, Arizona, Dennis began writing novels in 1977 while recuperating
from a close encounter of the crunch kind with a 1967 red and black Plymouth
Last Revised: November 2005.