Awards and Credentials: PhD in Cognitive Psychology Founder and Director of the Klingon Language Institute (est. 1992) Nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 2007 Nominated for Hugo Award for best short story in 2010 Publisher and co-editor of speculative fiction small press Paper Golem LLC (est. 2006) Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and the study of human behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction treatment recovery facilities throughout Philadelphia. He's also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, as well as the publisher behind a new speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at serving the niche of up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas. In 2007, he was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer and in 2010 received a Hugo nomination for best short story. His latest novel, Buffalito Contingency, continues the humorous adventures of a stage hypnotist mesmerizing aliens as he travels the galaxy with his animal companion, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.