I’m a retired surveyor who has worked in all the oil provinces of Canada, the Canadian Arctic and the Libyan Desert. My post secondary education started as aeronautical engineering but I quickly headed out to learn from the world. As well as time in oil exploration, I’ve worked in oil refinery and gas plant operations and surveyed on a heavy construction project, a dam, where I was a member of the tunneling survey crew and then the check surveyor for the main dam construction.
I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada, with my wife of 37 years and two Humane Society shelter dogs. I was born in London, England, just a couple of months before the Second World War started and became a Canadian Citizen in 1975. I walk the dogs (well, actually they run), every morning, rain, shine, or blizzard – they get an hour to an hour and a half, and I get needed exercise.
My writing is generally some kind of speculative fiction. My Iskander series novels have a strong female protagonist, a modern young woman in an earlier society on an alternate Earth. The stories feature the struggle to produce technological and social advancement against the opposition of established rulers. My fantasy, Rast, pits the Prince of a magical society against a mechanistic society of imperialist invaders. I have other projects, either in progress or temporarily shelved, that bring the most occult forms of Tibetan Buddhist teaching into ordinary western society to explore new aspects of reality and supernatural adventure. One day I might write the great oil exploration novel, it could be set in the North African desert or the Canadian Arctic, but I really find the adventures of characters in my imagination more interesting than real life activities preserved in my memory.
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