PJ Haarsma is a Canadian born science-fiction author best known for his creation of the Rings of Orbis universe. The first novel set in the Rings of Orbis universe is titled The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1, first published in 2006 and released in paperback in 2008. The second book in the series is The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2, first published in March 2008.
Haarsma holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. PJ Haarsma is married to sci-fi fantasy artist Marisa Grieco and has a daughter named Skylar.
Before embarking on his writing career, Haarsma was the owner of a small production company which produced one movie and corporate spots for clients such as Hewlett Packard and Nokia. For 15 years the company worked in the field of advertising.
Haarsma's novels are accompanied by an online Role Playing Game called Rings of Orbis which acts as a visual companion to the books and are set in the same universe. Haarsma and a team of artists created many different alien races specifically for the game.
With friend, actor Nathan Fillion, he launched the Kids Need To Read foundation. The charitable organization raises funds to buy books for under-funded schools and libraries, as well as disadvantaged children.