I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1953 and therefore blessed with the optimism of the age; that science was the salvation of our future, that God (by whatever definition) was on our side, and that one day we would walk among the stars.
I have read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy. I like most sci-fi, but prefer the stuff from the classic period of the fifties like e.e. doc cummings, A.E. van Vogt, Asimov, Heilein, H. Beam Piper and the like. Clifford Simak is probably my favorite. I love his pastoral science fiction style and his querky imagination and sense of humor.
Fantasy I began with Tolkien. My favorite authors are David Eddings and Raymond Feist, but there are a couple of thousand books in my past by hundreds of talented authors.
Retired from Shell Chemical where I worked as a lab tech. Now trying my own hand at writing Fantasy.
I am now running an AMD Phenom II 955 BE at 3.6 Ghz, 8 gigs memory, 6 hard drives totalling 3.5 Tb. in 3 mirrored arrays. New EVGA 460 GTX added to my PNY 9800 GTX+ running on an MSI 870 Fuzion MB.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI@home because it just might be true...
I agree with the late Carl Sagan, the odds are just too great that there is life outside of our own solar system. I don't believe that aliens heve visited our planet, if they had, no one would have any doubt.
I have been running the SETI program from the 3rd month with some interuptions. I do it because it interests me and because I truly believe in the probability that it will succeed.