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The Bio

Not Somebody ElseSo here’s the backstory:

According to reliable witnesses (Mom and Dad), I’ve been verbal from the moment I was born. Since then, my vocabulary has somewhat improved.

For twenty years I was a writer-director of corporate documentaries, copywriter for promotional brochures and project proposals, and a speechwriter for senior executives in technology, communications, and consumer products. That developed into work as a scriptwriter and software developer for multimedia programs and computer games.

Most recently I was a tenured Professor in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, teaching interactive design and programming. Today I’m swimming full-time in the world of fiction.

I attended Syracuse University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, International Relations, with unofficial minors in Broadcasting and Physics) and the University of Southern California (M.F.A., Cinema).

Ex pigritia ingenium.

 

Recent Work

THE STOOPIDITY RAY

SHORT STORY in progress

What started out as a cross-town rivalry develops into a federal incident when a plucky young lady discovers a peculiar device being used by her blustery opponent to turn the tables against her in the high school election.

POISON

Published in The J.J.Outre Review.
SHORT STORY

In this crushing desert heat, revenge is best served cold, indeed.

KAREN O’SULLIVAN FIGHTS THE BLUES

SHORT STORY

When everything you do is tracked and analyzed, liking something a bit too much can get you into a whole lot of trouble.

THE RIPPER AND THE SIB

NOVELETTE in progress
2077. A scientist’s life is irrevocably altered by the emergence of a global super-intelligence. Released from imprisonment for protest violence, he now searches for his lost family. But to find them, he needs help from an agent of the very force that destroyed his career.

HAVERMEYER’S INK

Published in Fictitious Force.
SHORT STORY
A former professor, now being rehabilitated as a janitor, finds redemption by seeking out the source of an insidious ink that spells-out revolutionary slogans, defiling the walls he’s condemned to keep clean.

THE OBSERVED

Published by Far Sector SFFH.
SHORT STORY
A teacher’s random scribblings reveal a unsettling truth about her identity. Forced to confront her true nature, and its implications for the community she has grown to love, she now faces a significant decision about her future.

DIGGERS

SHORT STORY

In a world where dirt is unequivocally evil, growing tomatoes can get you into a pile of trouble. That is, unless you know about the secret passage behind the toilet in the Curds N’ Pudding Shop. Guy and Suki do find love behind the compost piles in the subfarm, but the sniffers are everywhere, and their secret will be hard to keep.

THE KINCAID RESONANCE (working title)

SCIENCE FICTION THRILLER

2041. Old Brooklyn. Somebody is trying to silence outspoken performance artist Kee-lin O’Reilly. She thinks it’s Malcolm Kincaid, CEO of a wildly popular media empire, which connects every citizen, sensor, and device on Earth, the Moon, and Mars.

For help, Kee-lin seeks out Sanders Kincaid, the recluse physicist who developed Malcolm’s infinite-bandwidth network, then abandoned the project eight years ago after a catastrophic accident.

Having more in common than they realize, Sanders and Kee-lin join forces. Helping them are Kee-lin’s fans, a corporate insider, and two teenage hacker-anarchists.

What starts as a fight for freedom from Malcolm’s abusive censorship soon becomes a race to stop seemingly random incidents of disintegration which threaten to spread everywhere his network reaches.


ROCKWOOD GLEN (aka “The Levinson Threshold”)

Screenplay by Peter Mackey and Andrew Bonime

In a village untouched by the future–where SenseNet, the monitoring extension of the Congregate Intelligence, has yet to penetrate–a family’s quiet life is falling apart. Their son is having visions which erupt into violence. He claims to see Sibs, artificial humans who appear normal to everyone else. His counselor, having come from the city to cure his delusions, buys time to look for answers. But what she discovers raises startling questions for herself and the boy’s family about the meaning of being human in a world ruled by artificial intelligence.