About me

I live in Southern California with my wife and two kids. At some point, after finishing graduate school, not having any more productive way to use my time, and after reading one too many less-than-stellar science fiction novels, I decided I, too, could write one. Picture 2_cropAfter all, it couldn’t be that hard, could it? After writing 13 short stories (two published), two unfinished novels, and one completed novel (The Farthest City), I can attest writing of any kind, but writing well, IS hard (at least for mere mortals such as myself).

That being said, I can’t seem to stop at this point. I get to go on all kinds of adventures, visit places no one has yet explored, and meet the most interesting people. And the fact that it’s all happening in my own head makes it rather affordable, as far as adventures and vacations go.

I do most of my writing on the train to and from work, during lunch when I can step away from work, and at the library when I can escape there.

Other activities I enjoy: running, cooking, hiking, poking around in tide pools, the very occasional backpacking trip, and lately just going for a walk.

Favorite authors:

John Steinbeck, Haruki Murakami, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Tim O’Brien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cormac McCarthy, James Patrick Kelly, George R.R. Martin, James Harriot (James Alfred Wight).

Favorite movies & shows:

The Storm Riders, Conan the Barbarian, Terminator (I & II), Bladerunner, The Highlander (I), Enemy Mine, Aliens (II), Game of Thrones, True Detective (Season 1), The Wire, Sideways, Birdy, The Fabulous Baker Brothers, My Life as a Dog, Fandango, Shawshank Redemption, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, Dune.

Favorite Anime and Manga:

Everything by Hayao Miyazaki, Ghost in the Shell (I), Ninja Scroll, Blue Sub 6, Neon Genesis: Evangelion, Kite, The Vision of Escaflowne, Berserk (anime and manga), Death Note, Tekkon Kinkreet, Attack on Titan, Aijin, Blade of the Immortal (manga).






  1. Great question. I was looking for locations that would be good places for the Chines to start new, mostly underground cities, including access to water and relatively flat areas. They had to be away from major population centers which would all have been destroyed and contaminated in Earth’s Third World War (what the characters refer to as “The Old War”). Most locations meeting those criteria have small towns/cities already, and I found them by scanning Google Earth aerial images. It was kind of fun finding new places around the world like that. Even though I lived in Georgia for a few years (Atlanta), I’d never been to Jesup. If I’m ever out that way again, I’d like to check it out!


  2. Terry Tillman says:

    How did you pick Jesup Ga and the Altamaha River to write about?t


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