Karel Jan Kosman
Karel was born in Prague, the capital of then Czechoslovakia, and grew up under a Soviet-imposed regime. He turned to independent thinkers like Jonathan Swift, Franz Kafka, Karel Čapek, Stanislaw Lem. Those giants of social science fiction wrote to put their worlds before a mirror, to open the minds of their contemporaries. #TheTwin, composed in three parts over than many years, humbly attempts the same.
Karel and his wife left Prague in 1968 to start a family in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Work had taken them to Montreal, Quebec, Palo Alto, California, and eventually Boulder, Colorado. In 1991, Karel was contracted by the US AID to help restore ethical private enterprise in Czechoslovakia. The work was accomplished over twenty years of flying back and forth, and the family resettled in their Rocky Mountains home in 2011.
Karel, holding an amateur radio license KDØRFQ, participates in the Mountain Emergency Radio Network and serves as a Sheriff’s Volunteer. He received a Certificate of Recognition for his life-saving efforts during the 2013 Colorado flood. Karel Jan Kosman has a Masters of Engineering degree from the Czech Technical University and a spatial IQ=172 confirmed by the Four Sigma Society – God’s gift of imagination.
Avinash (Avi) Tiwari
#TheTwin storyline called for a ‘talented Earthling descendant’ who’d hand-illustrated Pamela’s message to her native planet. A world-wide search for an artist to fill that role has led to Avinash (Avi) Tiwari of India.
Avi has been creative since he can remember. In a childhood full of comics and superhero magazines, he was inspired to start sketching his own imaginations. He never lost that passion even as he chose his professional career in healthcare. Now a superhero himself, Avi studies medicine and serves his country folks long hours at a clinic. Yet he returns every free moment to his art, loving the way the pen feels in his hand as he moves it over the paper.