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Scott Sibary is a native of California, and a citizen of both the US and Canada. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, and also spent one year at the University of Bergen, in Norway. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian Languages and Literature, and then MBA and JD, he practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area, and taught as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley. He spent most of his career teaching business law at CSU, Chico. His extensive travel experiences, especially in countries economically less fortunate, have contributed to his humanist and internationalist perspectives.
In addition to writing, he pursues outdoor activities like hiking, tennis, birdwatching, and even the eternal ‘do list.’ Indoors, he likes to play piano and hopes to learn to play the guitar. "It seems there’s never half enough time. I find myself constantly balancing desire for the disciplined energy to “do”, with the need for equanimity: the sense that being is, in itself, wonderous."
While teaching, it became clear to him that younger generations face challenges more complex than anything our world has faced before: climate change; artificial intelligence; and the potential for vastly more powerful and widespread weaponry. "How do we decide the issues involved; how do we choose when designing new technologies? Just as the characters in the novel face these questions, our world today already does. And the consequences of our actions or inaction will dramatically impact those younger generations. My hope with this book is to help inspire wider attention to, and well-reasoned thought and action on, civilization’s major existential risks.”