Chip Wideman is a long-time resident of New Mexico and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and for many years Walter Jon Williams’ next-door neighbor. In the early 1980s he was a member of the same role-playing group as WJW, Vic Milan, John Miller, Gail Gertsner Miller, Melinda M. Snodgrass, George R.R. Martin, and Parris, fighting night gaunts, shuggoths, and cultists in Call of Cthulhu and adenturing across a blasted post holocaust landscape in Morrow Project. One of the original players in the SuperWorld campaign that gave birth to Wild Cards, he created Toad Man, Crypt Kicker, and the Lama, all of whom eventuallymade it into the Wild Cards universe, as well as Professor Psycho and others who did not. Chip lives in Albuquerque, with his cats.