Chris Mason is a software engineer who would rather have been a writer, but he is addicted to coding and couldn't figure out how to support himself writing obscure novels. He worked as a programmer and programming manager for 18 years -- including 10 years at Microsoft, where he was involved with Word and Office for Macintosh. He has three software patents stashed somewhere in his closet.
After leaving Microsoft for good he founded GrowlyBird Software, which develops free Macintosh applications. During his years in the wilderness he wrote five novels (among other things), which are available here.
He and his wife are the caretakers of two dogs, two cats, and two parrots. He's seriously considering building an ark.
Because he's a workaholic curmudgeon with hermit tendencies, he doesn't engage in social media. But you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on Dec. 15, 2012 :
An engaging novel with a compelling main character, engaging supporting characters, a deep back story, interesting cultures (with plenty say about ours), adventure, food, and music.
Brezlun is the sort of book that you want to savor and not end. I'm hoping we'll see sequels, prequels, and a board game. A movie would probably mess with my mental picture of the characters, but I'd see it anyway.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 22, 2012 :
Some time in the long ago future a starship seeded a terraformed world with four distinct Earthly cultures. Millennia later the last remaining android Mediator between that planet and it's creator is failing. Chass is determined, contrary to his mandate, to reestablish contact with the mother ship. Miako, a somewhat timid flautist, is reluctantly recruited to accompany the Mediator on his quest to rebuild his defunct communicator from components stashed in archives of the four cultures. Before Chass reaches his goal he gathers a Tolkien-esque entourage and is pursued by deadly religious zealots who consider his quest blasphemous.
Brezlun is in league with the sci-fi of Ursula K. LeGuin. Chris Mason's prose is a joy to read and the depth of his invented cultures is uncanny. This is one of those stories you want to never end, and in fact, the door may have been left open for a sequel. We can only hope.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)