A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, Neil Hawkins attended Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois and the University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, later receiving a BA degree from the University of Minnesota and an MS degree from Peabody Teachers College, Nashville, Tennessee. Since the age of five,when he "saw" Earth and the other planets from space in all their detail – twelve years before Sputnik – he has been intrigued and fascinated with flights of reality and fantasy. It was said he had an out-of-body flight of the soul, or a wild dream. But what he described then was identical to what now has only been "seen" by the Hubble Telescope. Later, his flights of reality were realized during a distinguished career as an Air Force officer – and his flights of fantasy became reality when he spent seven years in"another world" – Russia – where he taught English at two technical institutes. After his marriage to a wonderful Russian woman, he combined their "two different worlds" with his imagination in stories that took them both through time and space – and to other worlds. He and his wife now reside on this world in Spokane, Washington, but plan some day to return to their home on the shore of the River Volga.