Bernard Beckett was awarded a Royal Society Fellowship for Teachers of Maths, Science and Technology in 2005, during which he worked at the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Evolution. That year, he found himself looking for a way to combine his passions for science, philosophy and storytelling. Falling for Science is his first non-fiction book. He's written several novels, won many awards for his fiction. His latest novel Genesis was also written as a result of his time at the Allan Wilson Centre. This 'otherworldly' sci-fi thriller was winner of the Young Adult Fiction category in the NZ Post 2007 Book Awards.