James A. Wilson (Jim) was born and raised in southern Illinois in the suburbs of St. Louis. One of his first memories was when his father showed him the planet Saturn through a telescope. Seeing the rings of Saturn started an interest in astronomy that would never fade. After high school and a year in California, he went on to get a masters degree in physics. He spent a few years working as a chemist and a few years working in neuroscience before starting a career as an electronics engineer designing circuit boards and programming microcomputers. As a chemist, engineer and a research technician, Jim published several articles in Electronics Design magazine and the Journal of Neuroscience, and has a few published patens applications. Still residing in the St. Louis suburbs, Jim lives with his two daughters and enjoys travel, photography, and playing music some of which can be found at EternalImagery.net. You can also find out more about his book(s) at ThirdContact.net

The Universe is teaming with life. There is life as we know it, the kind that lives and dies on planets. However, there is also life like nothing we have ever imagined, life that lives deep inside of the largest black holes. The Denagrata Centurm is just such a life form. For them lives are not counted in years. Instead, it is all about the mass. They live and die with their black holes and their greatest fear is being consumed by a more massive black hole. The supermassive Black hole in the Andromeda galaxy is fifty times the mass of the black hole in our galaxy. Andromeda is on a collision course with us, but the Milky Way Denagrata Centurm has a plan to survive the assault. That plan requires the harvesting of all the energy from all the stars in the galaxy. Unfortunately for the residence of Earth in 4822 our sun, Sol, is the next star selected for harvesting.