Ben Towe grew up in Carroll County, Virginia. He graduated from Mt. Airy (NC) High School in 1968, Davidson College in 1972, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1976. He served five years in the US Army Medical Corps and has practiced Family Medicine in the Augusta, Georgia, area since 1981. He has been married to Libby Dawson since 1973. Ben has three daughters- Heather, Mandi, and Sheri- and a son-in-law Grant. Ben enjoys fantasy novels and lists among his heroes JRR Tolkien, Carl Sagan, Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony, CS Lewis, and Peter Jackson. Ben thanks his family for their love, support, and the names of dwarves and elves; his grandmother Fairy Sykes for the gift of imagination; his Uncle Jay Towe for the love of reading; his father-in-law Garnet Dawson-"the embodiment of a good man"; and the intrepid D&D party of the early 80's- Roy, Lib, John, Sherry, Don, Janet, Gary, Jane, and all the hirelings.