John was born in New York City and grew up in the little hamlet of Chappaqua, NY. He got his undergraduate degree in behavioral sciences at Rice University, and to this day he enjoys telling people that he got a B.A. in B.S. A few years later he earned a master's degree in human factors engineering from Georgia Tech. He went on to work at several well-known hardware and software companies as a human factors engineer and user experience designer.
John has long been fascinated by Big History, particularly the evolution of life on Earth and humanity in particular. His concern over the "dual-use" problem of technology became the inspiration for his first novel, The Infinet. A long-time fan of science-fiction, John's literary inspirations include Neal Stephenson, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Dick, Ursula Le Guin, N.K. Jemisen, and Hugh Howey. He lives with his family in San Diego, California.
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