I was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago by a single mom who worked nights for a printing company. She would bring home books and magazines to encourage us to read. This is how I discovered Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke and the other masters of classic science fiction. It didn’t take long for me to get the itch to write. Over the years I’ve written everything from newspaper articles, comic strips and radio drama to short stories and fan fiction.
One of the original Trekkies, my wife Donna and I plan to renew our wedding vows with a full Star Trek-themed ceremony; I’ll wear an admiral’s dress uniform, and she will be decked out in a custom-made leather-and-lace Klingon wedding dress.
The Chronocar is my first published novel, but will not be my last. I recently completed the final draft of my second novel and have started on a third.
I fell in love with radio when I was a kid. I had the good fortune to attend a college that had a radio station. I had the most popular program on the air.
In 1968, when I was but a college freshman, I heard Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast for the first time in it’s entirety. I was blown away, and vowed, one day, to make my own version. Exactly ten years later, “Day of the Martians” premiered on public (college) radio across the city. Written, directed and engineered by me, it still impresses, as it did Halloween, 2015 when it was heard for the first time on Canadian public radio and on the Sonic Society website. Click here to hear it now.
I produced other radio productions, but “Day of the Martians” is my magnum opus.
I am part of a group of writers who are planning to publish an anthology of “Edgy” stories. Three of them will be mine, including a tale based on the first chapter of my next novel.
When other writers ask what I do when I get writers block, have a shortage of ideas, or get tired of working on my current project, I tell them I write Fan Fiction. For those who don’t know, imagine writing your own episode of “Star Trek”, “Law & Order”, “Star Wars”, or whatever your favorite TV, Movie or book series may be. Now imagine combining them. What if Captain Kirk found himself on trial in the “Law and Order” world?
A few years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the Highlander series. I got the idea, if Duncan McLeod is immortal, then why would he not end up in the Star Trek universe? So I wrote what turned out to be a rather popular fan fiction piece entitled, “Where No Clan Has Gone Before,” putting the immortal on Deep Space Nine. It was so well received that I wrote a couple of sequels.
Check out the Highlander/Star Trek series. Also, there is one that everybody loves entitled “BrainStorm,” I won’t give any of that away. And my most recent is a Dr. Who story called “QED” featuring the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) and one of my favorite companions, Martha Jones.
See my fan fiction here: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1400606/ComputerSteve
WHAT ELSE HAVE I WRITTEN?
A number of newspaper and magazine articles for various small publications. When I was a software instructor, I created a number of training manuals, including interactive online courses. The thing that probably surprises most people is that I wrote a few of Sunday School skits that were performed in a number of churches in the Midwest, and for about five years in the 1980’s, I wrote the Sunday School text for the AME Church that was used globally.