George Applegate began writing science fiction while an engineering graduate student at UCLA. He has since written novels and screenplays, with Diamond Tide being his first published work. His education was in the sciences, starting at Berkeley with a degree in physics. He has worked as a caddy, dish washer, mechanic, can inspector, aerospace engineer, animator, and systems programmer.
He believes that science fiction can, and should, be the fiction of ideas. The ideas that most intrigue him arise from the disconnect between the reality of science and the popular understanding of it.