|Giving a talk at the New York Academy of Sciences about The Science of Stephen King.|
|Appearing on Ancient Aliens, History Channel.|
|Guest of Honor Writer at the Perugia, Italy Science Festival, held in medieval underground tunnels. Here, I’m talking about The Science of Superheroes and The Science of Supervillains.|
|A very fun evening as Guest of Honor Writer at NecronomiCon. (left to right around the table): Jason Brock, Mandy Slater, Les Klinger, Ramsey Campbell, Michael Marshall Smith, Jenny Campbell, Arie, Bodek, me, Sunni Brock, Bill Nolan. Photo by Steve Jones.|
|With Jonathan Maberry, DragonCon 2014.|
|As Guest of Honor Writer RocCon 2014.|
|With Dana Fredsti, a fun friend and fellow Titan Books author, after she “forced” me to buy a $10 red dress from a New Orleans street vendor at World Horror Convention 2013.|
|Beaches, the ocean, and swimming.||Growing up, I swam competitively and later worked at a public pool. I spent my non-pool time at the beach.|
|At thirteen, with my beloved boogie board at the beach.|
|At eighteen, off-season at the same beach.|
|This fluffy white sand is on the island of Milos in Greece.|
|Sunset over the water, Milos.|
|Gulf of Mexico, where the water is soup-warm.|
|Snorkeling in Puerto Rico, 2008. I suffered a dreadful back injury in Puerto Rico.|
|Back to happy swimming times: here, in Hawaii with turtles.|
|Florida Keys, where we borrowed a guy’s motorcycle, leading to the infamous Physicists on Sabbatical photo.|
|At the Red Sea.|
|Displaying salt on my legs after swimming in the Dead Sea.|
|Visiting the Marine Sanctuary in CA, 2013. Apparently, this whale wasn’t saved on time.|
|Charlie Ryan, Editor of Aboriginal SF. Charlie bought my third qualifying story for professional-level membership in SFWA, circa 1993. It was difficult to go pro in those days, so I was intensely grateful to Charlie. I wrote “Algorithms and Nasal Structures” while sitting at night in a graduate-level computer science class called “Algorithms and Data Structures.”|
|At about the same time Charlie bought “Algorithms and Nasal Structures,” I somehow won a national writing contest. My story, “Digital Pistil,” appeared in a graduate-level robotics textbook called The Cyborg Handbook, which apparently was published in multiple languages. My story represented the future of cyborg SF alongside a Philip K. Dick story representing early cyborg SF. At the time, I thought this was just about the coolest thing that had ever happened to me!|
|On the Jurassic Coast, England, after World Fantasy Convention 2013 in Brighton.|
|In Avebury, England, after World Fantasy Convention 2013.|
|With giant redwoods in CA.|
|At the Grand Slam Star Trek Convention 2000, displaying The Computers of Star Trek, which I co-authored with Bob Weinberg.
Chekov (Walter Koenig) gave us a great quote for the book. Once again, as had been the case earlier with The Cyborg Handbook, I thought life couldn’t get much cooler.
|Captain Kirk aka William Shatner at the Grand Slam Star Trek Convention 2000. The girl on stage had strapped numerous switched-on video cameras to her body and tried very hard to get him to kiss her.
Apparently, Shatner is smarter than Kirk. He didn’t acquiesce. (I’ve always figured she got a lot of video of the inside of Shatner’s nose.)
As an aside, I met Mr. Spock–I mean, Leonard Nimoy–in 2001, when we were signing books next to each other at BookExpo America. Nimoy was a true gentleman and very kind to me. His line of fans ran around the block, yet he spoke to me at length during our half hour together. Mr. Spock! Does life get any cooler?
|Visiting the bizarre “Indiana Jones Gifts Shop” in Petra, Jordan after writing The Many Mysteries of Indiana Jones with co-author Bob Weinberg.|
|Drinking Inca Cola in Peru with a friend from India.
I wrote Cult of the Dead in Lima (while shivering from the garua fog) after visiting the vast medieval burial tunnels.
|With a friend from Russia and another from China, I spent a day in the underground tunnel system carved for miles beneath Blois, France. We went 6-7 levels down with only handheld lanterns for light. Here’s a Charles de Gaulle emblem carved into the rock during WWII, when people hid in the tunnels to avoid Nazis.
I wrote Dearest Daddy based on my adventures in these tunnels.
|My first (and only) author’s “glamour shot.” World Science Fiction Convention 1996, Laguna Beach, CA.|
|One of my favorite photos – with my daughter Rena, who was a few months old.|
|Since I’m heading down Memory Lane, here’s a photo of me at eighteen with my cat, Arthur Smithies.|
|At seventeen with Arthur Carrol, Director of the NIH Library, my first boss after I graduated from high school. For two years, I wrote and programmed a biweekly medical newsletter for the library. This job was the break of a lifetime.|
|Maria Callas as Bellini’s Norma.|
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