I grew up on the outskirts of a small city, and as a boy, all I had to do to enter a magical world was walk a few feet into the shadows and stillness of the woods in back of my house. I spent many hours exploring their depths as well as the countryside just the other side of the creek that bordered our property. Nature has always been my best and favorite school.
I attended public schools in my hometown and a nearby university. Inspired by the many dedicated teachers I had, I became one myself and taught secondary English and math for thirty-three years. After retiring, I spent two years as a special education aide for an autistic student and another ten years as a private tutor. I now devote my time to thinking, reading, writing, traveling, birding, and surviving cancer.
I first conceived of Not Even Light while mulling over stories we’ve told ourselves about our origin, our history, our purpose, and the paths we’d be most likely to follow into our common future. Lately those paths have become increasingly precarious, and I believe that Not Even Light is a timely expression of where they may lead.
I’ve enjoyed science fiction, especially post-apocalyptic stories, for over sixty years, and my favorite novels of this type are Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker, Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach series, and Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. I highly recommend these thoughtful explorations of human nature to you.