Mike Dixon was born in England and has a degree in astrophysics. He worked for a while at Canberra’s Mount Stromlo Observatory and for the Australian public service. Illness in the family took the Dixons to North Queensland. There Mike earned a living in public relations and pursued his passion for scuba diving as a dive master taking tourists to the Great Barrier Reef. With his wife he built and operated a backpacker hostel. This was recently sold and Mike has more time for writing. His hobbies are bushwalking, geology and history.