About the time I was in sixth grade, back in rural Maine, I remember telling my grandmother, "When I grow up, I wanna have a house underground and that's where I'll keep my computer."
She asked, "What will you do with it?"
"I don't know. It hasn't been built yet."
My grandparents, being wise in the ways of young boys, nodded sagely and changed the subject.
That was 1965.
Now, nearly half a century later, I'm sitting in my cellar--halfway across the country from my roots on the rock-bound coast--typing this on my computer.
I wasn't particularly prescient in my prediction, rather it grew from my love of all things science fiction.
Through all the changes wrought through politics, climate, and age, my love of science fiction literature remained constant. It brought me through wars, storms, sickness, health, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, failure, and success. My love for technology -- which initially grew from the tiny seeds planted by Heinlein and Norton, Bradbury and Asimov, Simak and Pohl -- blossomed with the advent of the internet and found full bloom with the world wide web.
Late in 2004, I discovered podcasting and the community of content creators that this new distribution channel enabled. In 2007, I joined it when I released my first science fiction novel, Quarter Share, at Podiobooks.com. Now--ten books, over 170 hours of audio, and five million downloads later--I find myself a full time author, narrator, and podcaster.
Welcome to my world.