I have been writing since I was a teenager, drawn to the science fiction field, the so called new wave of the 60s, with the likes of Harlan Ellison. Robert Silverberg, Norman Spinrad, Thomas Disch, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhlem, Ray Nelson, and so many others. I enjoy working in the speculative fiction genre because of the infinite possibilities of creating wonderful strange worlds that yet describe the human condition.
In 1973, I read Ernest Becker's Pulitzer Prize winning, The Denial of Death, and was struck by the truth of his theory that death is the mainspring of human action, that it motivates us to build illusions of meaning out of the methods of self-esteem creation and immortality provided by the belief systems of our respective cultures through the socialization process. His work has influenced both my fiction, and has inspired me to write what I tout as the self-help book for humanity, my non-fiction save the world magnum opus, "The Human Manifesto: A General Plan For Human Survival."
Since the 60s, I have spent many hours writing and writing, honing my craft, though imperfectly. I have had modest success publishing short stories in smaller magazines, sometimes for pay. I have this fantasy that I am on the verge of greatness, and then the next rejection letter comes.
I have a hundred stories in my head yet to be written.