I am a philosopher, literary critic, and editor, and sometimes a creative writer.
My books include:
* STRANGE CONSTELLATIONS: A HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION (Greenwood Press, 1999; co-authored with Van Ikin and Sean McMullen).
* 50 VOICES OF DISBELIEF: WHY WE ARE ATHEISTS (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009; co-edited with Udo Schuklenk).
* FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND THE SECULAR STATE (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
* 50 GREAT MYTHS ABOUT ATHEISM (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013; co-authored with Udo Schuklenk).
* HUMANITY ENHANCED: GENETIC CHOICE AND THE CHALLENGE FOR LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES (MIT Press, 2014).
* INTELLIGENCE UNBOUND: THE FUTURE OF UPLOADED AND MACHINE MINDS (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014; co-edited with Damien Broderick).
Forthcoming from Palgrave Pivot around the of 2015 is THE MYSTERY OF MORAL AUTHORITY.
With Damien Broderick, I am currently editing PHILOSOPHY'S FUTURE: THE PROBLEM OF PHILOSOPHICAL PROGRESS (to be published by Wiley-Blackwell in late 2016/early 2017).
I am a prolific essayist and commentator with interests including legal, political, and moral philosophy; philosophical bioethics; philosophy of religion; and debates involving visions of the human future.
I am a Fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, a Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology. I am a frequent contributor to Free Inquiry, The Philosophers' Magazine, New Philosopher, and the Cogito philosophy blog (hosted by The Conversation).
I have also had some success as a science fiction and fantasy author, including my fantasy story "The Sword of God" (which won both a Ditmar Award and Aurealis Award in 1997) and an original trilogy for the Terminator franchise: TERMINATOR 2: THE NEW JOHN CONNOR CHRONICLES. I've won the William Atheling, Jr., Award for Criticism and Review (in the fantasy and science fiction field) on three occasions.
I was born in Sydney, which is a city that I love, but I've lived in Melbourne (for 30 years) and Canberra (for just a few months). In more recent times, I have returned to Newcastle, NSW - north of Sydney - where I grew up. I have strong connections with all these places. I currently hold an honorary research position in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle.