Jeff Hecht is a writer of both science fact and short fiction based in Newton Massachusetts. He writes about topics from space to paleontology for New Scientist magazine, and writes regularly about lasers and optics for Laser Focus World. He has published 11 nonfiction books, including BEAM: The Race to Make the Laser, City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics, Understanding Fiber Optics, and Beam Weapons-The Next Arms Race. Speaking fees are negotiable. Topics include laser weapons, history of lasers, history of fiber optics, and dinosaur and bird evolution.