I passed my childhood in a small town in the southern USA in the 1960s.
I grew up in a large city in the southern USA in the 1980s
I’ve pumped gasoline, washed cars, waited tables, cooked, managed the science fiction section in a bookstore, served as a fraternity house mother, and designed and created information systems to support production planning and inventory control in the textiles and apparel industries, as well as the multi-plant sourcing of raw materials with variable lead times. But mostly I have taught systems analysis and design, project management, and analysis of emerging technologies in higher education.
I’m interested in technology, history, science, music, decision-making practices, travel, languages, architecture, culture, etc., even the making of plastic buckets would be interesting if the story were well told or the company were good.
Always an eager reader, my first book purchase was Poul Anderson’s “The High Crusade” for 95 cents in the basement book section of a department store in Atlanta sometime in mid-1970s. “The Lord of the Rings” followed, but it was Le Guin’s “The Dispossessed” that opened my eyes to how transformative genre fiction could be. Today, I read more widely than ever both fiction and non-fiction.
I graduated from OSC’s Literary Bootcamp, which was a great experience, and currently participate in Codex and in the Apex Writer’s Group. I’m the appointed chief technology officer of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.