E R Black is an author and disaster risk specialist. She writes speculative fiction and has a strong interest in future science, having studied Chemistry and Physics at university. She has also authored and co-authored numerous non-fiction papers under her professional name in her specialist field of mitigation of the impacts of catastrophic hazards. She has consulted for international institutions and has advised on government policy relating to disaster risk for countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and South and East Asia. Black is currently working on her debut novel.