I am an original "Geek" and proud of it. I started in electronics when transistors were barely known or understood and "Microprocessor" was a government secret at Bell Labs.
I have earned my stripes since the late 1960s working on restoring old radios and then in a TV shop during college.
I moved to the Silicon Valley and loved it! (Lots of us geeks there) I currently own an Automaton design and programming business that keeps me busy and constantly seeking the bleeding-edge of technology.
I'm a happy camper!
What do you read for pleasure?
Recently, it is mostly anything to do with Star Wars. Much is good and some is forgettable. I love the Foundation series and any honest Science-Fiction or Speculative fiction. So much Science-fiction today is too much like Fantasy to appeal to me anymore. And so dark! I look at the covers and shudder, wondering what darkness reside within. I also love certain biographies. I've read biographies about Lincoln that have given me a better perspective of the man himself. Theodore Roosevelt was a complex, selfish man that turned on his closest friends to gain political advantage. I have read many books that I classify as very good to excellent because the author uses words to paint word-pictures that I see in my mind as a movie. I really do not see the words as my eye simply allow the brain to 'see' what the author 'saw' when they were writing the story. That goes for any genre I've ever read.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Ooo, that's a toughie. I've literally read a thousand books in my lifetime. Sometimes I would read a paperback novel by my favorite authors every other day. (no significant social-life back then...) So let me answer by author:
1. Anything by Anne Mcaffrey. I loved her Dragonriders of Pern series. She writes stories that I can visualize without too much trouble. 2. Robert Ludlum. I can't put one of his books down once I start it. 3. James Clavell. I fell in love with the Japanese culture reading Shogun. I've read many of his other novels with great pleasure. 4. Robert A Heinlein: I've read everything he's ever published I think. 5. Jack L Chalker: He has exposed me to a wider vision of what is possible to write about that any other writer.
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The U.S. Government has other ideas...