Hello and welcome! I write science fiction, make electronic music, and blog about my various interests. I live in Oakland, California with my wife Kia Simon, our daughter, and our dog Leia.
My short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons and Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Here’s my list of published fiction. Here’s a list of some of my favorite science fiction novels. My favorite authors include William Gibson, Iain Banks, David Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Octavia Butler, and many others.
Recurring themes in my stories include genetic engineering, the sociological effects of climate change, virtualized consciousness, and evolutionary divergence. I started to write science fiction in earnest once I became a father, thinking about both grim and hopeful possibilities for our species and our planet.
I produce electronic music as Jondi & Spesh, Momu, and other aliases, and run Loöq Records with DJ Spesh. Our tracks have been played by the world’s top DJs as well as featured in major motion pictures (Groove), TV shows (C.S.I.), and video games (Dance Dance Revolution) and released on a multitude of labels including Bedrock, Renaissance, Proton, 19Box, and Sony BMG. Some of my older tracks are considered classics. You can listen/read more here. Here’s my complete Discography.
Some people say you should focus on just one thing and ruthlessly eliminate all other activities and pursuits, but I side with Heinlein:
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
― Robert A. Heinlein
In addition to writing and music, I also work as a freelance database application developer. I have developed and maintained projects for BART, Google Transit, Alameda County, the San Francisco Symphony, and a number of small businesses and non-profit organizations.
In the past I have worked as an event promoter, DJ, movie extra, martial arts instructor, dolphin cognition researcher, and Renaissance Faire fish hawker.
Other activities/hobbies I enjoy: reading great science fiction and fantasy, tabletop RPGs (especially Dungeons & Dragons), painting miniatures and making terrain, sword-fighting, racquetball, keeping up on health and nutrition research, watching MMA fights, metal detecting, and genealogy research.
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