Eric Choi is an aerospace engineer, writer, and editor in Toronto, Canada. He was the first recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award (now the Dell Magazines Award) and has twice won the Aurora Award, Canada’s national award for excellence in science fiction and fantasy, for his short story “Crimson Sky” and for the Chinese-themed speculative fiction anthology The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) co-edited with Derwin Mak. He co-edited the hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor) with Ben Bova. His short fiction has appeared in more than thirty publications, and his first short fiction collection Just Like Being There (Springer) was released last year.
He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and a masters degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto, and he has worked on a number of space missions including QEYSSat (Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite), the Meteorology (MET) payload on the Phoenix Mars Lander, the robotic arm on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 satellite, and the MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere) instrument on the Terra satellite. In 2009, he was one of the Top 40 finalists (out of 5,351 applicants) in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut recruitment campaign.