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Meet the Author:I have been a fan of fantasy and science fiction ever since I can remember. Growing up I used to fall asleep listening to CBS Radio Mystery Theater and spent Saturday afternoons watching Creature Double Feature on WLVI, channel 56. Also, I collected comics and ended up doing my master's thesis ("How Green Is Your Power Ring?") on the structure of the modern, American, superhero comic book. My mother is a published poet and my father a world-class educator. I caught the "writing bug" from them at a very early age. I can remember scrawling short stories on scraps of paper in my bedroom late at night when I was supposed to be asleep. My old job allowed me to travel the world. I have been to the Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, the Sahara Desert, Machu Picchu and countless other spots in Asia, Africa and South America. I have also traveled extensively throughout the United States and am, once again, living in the Colorado Rockies. I have been inspired by both my travels and all the people I've met and worked with along the way. My family and friends have encouraged me over the years to make a living as a writer. I am now taking on the challenge of following my bliss. And enjoying every minute of it!
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As a science fiction author, I pay attention to technology: its use in daily life, how it effects human interactions, its potential upside and, of course, its lurking darkside. I tend to be a techno-optimist believing that such advances will make our world a better place in the long run. However, I retain a healthy amount of skepticism regarding misuses of technology whether they are driven by greed, ignorance or are the result of the law of unintended consequences. My writing allows me to explore the ripple effect technology can and often does have once it is developed and introduced to society. Technology boils down to tools. Tools for transportation, communication, exploration, maintaining health, reversing injury and entertaining. At this point in the 21st century, we live in the future. New technologies are introduced it seems on a daily basis: new methods to generate stem cells, bigger and better energy storage and transfer, different ways to harness the power of the atom, advanced interfaces with which to perceive the previously hidden aspects of the world and creative ways to lengthen lifespans. The internet has transformed politics, interpersonal relationships, commerce and just about everything else. It's a bit cliché to say so but the next fifty to a hundred years will see more and greater technological change than the world has seen in the past thousand years. How will we survive our own inventions? Will we survive our own inventions? Technology is a mirror of its creators. At this time of rapid change, knowledge of self is more important than ever. As we develop and implement new external technologies, we need to balance them with new and greater internal technologies. We need a study of consciousness and how to harness it as much as or more than we need better computers or a faster way to fly to other planets. This is not an either or option. It is an inclusive, recursive dynamic. The more we develop our technology the more it is possible for us to develop our minds. The more we develop our minds, the more technologies we will create. Through all this change, the technology of language and writing remains the best way to explore possible outcomes of all the above. Stories are the best virtual reality we have. Let's use them to help us make a better world.