Allen’s path to a writing career was an unlikely one. His first career was in the field of orchestral music. He has performed with some of the more prestigious orchestras in Canada as a section player and soloist. While maintaining his music career, he chose to pursue his other passion, editing, and earned his professional certification. At first, he focused almost entirely on educational books and edited at least one hundred science readers in a year. After so many books on rocket science, astronomy, climate change, and astrophysics, he was at last inspired to begin work on his first science fiction novel.