Joseph Rhea is a research scientist working in Washington, DC, whose hobbies include writing, game design, and raising his two young children. His first work of fiction is the science fiction novel, CYBERDROME, which is coauthored and illustrated by his brother David Rhea, a mechanical special effects artist working in Southern California, whose hobbies include game design, computer art, and 3D computer modeling.
The Rhea Brothers (pronounced "Ray") actually invented the word "Cyberdrome" in 1985, bringing together cyber (referring to man-machine interface) and drome (meaning field or arena). They trademarked the name and used it for a 3D multiplayer computer game they created in the late 80's. Since then, their Cyberdrome-related projects have expanded to include a 3D artificial life simulator, the beginnings of an illustrated ebook and digital comics, and finally, a full-length novel. Future plans include a sequel to their book, a new online computer game (MMOG), and even a movie script, all based on Cyberdrome.