Jack McDevitt has been on the final Nebula ballot 11 times, but has never won. Omega was named best novel and given the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2005. He has received the Phoenix and SESFA awards for lifetime achievement, and twice won the SESFA Award for best novel (Deepsix and Seeker). He has also won the Locus Award for best first novel (The Hercules Text, 1986) and the UPC International Prize for best novella, "Ships in the Night." McDevitt is a former naval officer, an English teacher, a customs officer, and has trained managers for the US Customs Service. He lives in Brunswick, GA, with his wife Maureen.