Jack McDevitt is a former English teacher, naval officer, Philadelphia taxi driver, customs officer, and motivational trainer. He started writing novels when Terry Carr invited him to participate in the celebrated Ace Specials series. His contribution, The Hercules Text, won the Philip K. Dick Special Award. McDevitt has produced fifteen additional novels. Nine of them, including seven in a row from 2003 through 2009, have qualified for the final Nebula ballot. Seeker won the award in 2007. In 2004, Omega received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel. Altogether McDevitt has been on the final Nebula ballot sixteen times. His most recent books are The Devil's Eye and Time Travelers Never Die. Due in November 2010 is Echo, the fifth Alex Benedict mystery. McDevitt won the first international UPC competition with "Ships in the Night." He has also won the Phoenix and SESFA awards for lifetime achievement.

His interests include chess, classical history, and the sciences. A diehard Phillies fan since the days of the Whiz Kids, he has not yet returned to reality after their back-to-back World Series appearances. He is married to the former Maureen McAdams, and resides in Brunswick, Georgia, where he keeps a weather eye on hurricanes.