Ray Smith is from Inverness, Cape Breton Island, and largely grew up in Halifax. He received a B.A. in English from Dalhousie University (1963) and an M.A. from Concordia University (1985). From 1968 to 2007 he lived in Montreal and taught at Dawson College. Smith is viewed as a post-modernist writer of speculative fictions. His works include: Cape Breton Is the Thought Control Centre of Canada (1969), Lord Nelson Tavern (1974), Century (1986) and A Night at the Opera, which won the QSPELL Hugh MacLennan Award for Best Novel of 1992. In 2010, literary critics Alex Good and Stephen W. Beattie included Smith in their list of the ten most underrated writers in Canada, published on the National Post’s website.