Hello! My name is Eric Choi, and I am an aerospace engineer, writer and editor from Toronto, Canada. I have created and co-edited two collections, the hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor, 2014) with Ben Bova and the Aurora Award winning anthology The Dragon and the Stars (DAW, 2010) with Derwin Mak. My work has appeared in the books Imaginarium 4, AlliterAsian, Far Orbit, Rocket Science, The Astronaut from Wyoming and Other Stories, Footprints, Northwest Passages, Space Inc., Tales from the Wonder Zone, Northern Suns, Tesseracts6 and Arrowdreams, as well as the magazines Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Science Fiction Age and Ricepaper. I have twice won the Prix Aurora Award for my short story “Crimson Sky” and for co-editing The Dragon and the Stars, and I was the first recipient of the Asimov Award (now the Dell Award) for my novelette “Dedication”.
An aerospace engineer by training, I have a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from York University. I am also an alumnus of the International Space University. Over the course of my aerospace engineering career, I have worked on a number of space projects including QEYSSat (Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite), the meteorological instruments on the Phoenix Mars Lander, the Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 Earth-observation satellite and the MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere) payload on the Terra satellite. In 2009, I was one of the Top 40 finalists (out of 5,351 applicants) in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut recruitment campaign.