My novel The Silk Code won the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 1999. My other science fiction and mystery novels include Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002), The Pixel Eye (2014), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006; Entertainment Weekly called it "challenging fun"), Unburning Alexandria (2013), and Chronica (2014). My short stories have been published in Analog, Amazing Stories, Nature, and other leading magazines, and have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Nine nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), RealSpace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009, 2nd edition 2012) have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Arabic, and ten other languages. I co-edited Touching the Face of the Cosmos: On the Intersection of Space Travel and Religion in 2015. My short books McLuhan in an Age of Social Media (2015) and Fake News in Real Context (2016) are published on Kindle and continuously updated. I appear from time to time on MSNBC, Fox News, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, NPR, BBC Radio and other TV and radio programs - I like talking just as much as writing. I'm also a songwriter, and have been in several bands over the years - one (The Other Voices) had two records out on Atlantic Records in 1960s. My 1972 album Twice Upon a Rhyme (on HappySad Records) was re-issued on CD by Beatball/Big Pink Records in 2009, and on re-pressed vinyl by Whiplash/Sound of Salvation Records in 2010. I was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009, and review the best of television on my Infinite Regress.tv blog. Last but not least: I have a PhD in Media Ecology from New York University and am Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City.