Adam Childs was born in Kent, England in 1960. He emigrated to Canada in 1973 and to New Zealand in 2010. He has travelled extensively, much of it as part of his work with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). He has been interested in writing since he was a teenager but never found the time until now: Despite having written many academic articles, reports and analyses for work purposes, Schrödinger's Cabinet is his first published fiction novel. Although he is a great fan of detective fiction, he never intended to write in that genre; he was motivated to write Schrödinger's Cabinet more for its political aspects than the detective angle. That said, he found the process so much fun he plans on continuing to write novels featuring Detectives King and Pasternak.