I grew up in Southern California in the 70’s and 80’s, a time when getting a new computer game often meant typing in the code yourself, cable television was new, MTV played music videos, and a little gender-bending was cool and cutting edge, although actually being queer was still something people only whispered about. I have, at various times, studied architecture, anthropology, Russian literature, and computer science, and my various jobs have included security detail at an auction, building and repairing IBM clones, and telephone support for an old-school internet provider (we had racks full of stand-alone modems). Since the late 90’s I have been a Systems Administrator, which nowadays means I’m the Ops in DevOps. At one point, I relocated to central Europe from Southern California. People still ask me why I would do such a thing. I tell them it’s because the weather is more interesting.
Culture and technology have changed exponentially since I was a kid – my childhood wasn’t substantially different from my mother’s, but my child is growing up in a completely new world, one that is starting to approach the future we used to read about in Science Fiction books although the effect on humans has been different than we imagined. Today we have access to the collected knowledge of humanity in our pockets and at our fingertips, and science has progressed rapidly – and yet we are daily bombarded with falsehoods, half-truths, and myths to such an extent that it has become difficult to distinguish the real from the fake, to separate truth from ideology.
In my writing, I love to explore the intersection of technology and the human, to push the envelope exploring what makes us human, what we have in common and what makes us different. I write about people who are different, queer, even deviant according to norms of their society. I don’t hide their queerness or leave it at “hints”, because I believe that not even fictional characters should have to hide in the closet.