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Born in New York City in 1941, I grew up in Los Angeles and Mexico City. I went back to NYC for college (Columbia '62), did two years in the US Army at Fort Ord, and worked as apprentice tech writer in Berkeley.

After moving to Canada with my wife Alice in 1967, I stumbled into teaching and found I loved it. I taught at Capilano College from its opening in 1968 until the spring of 2008, with five months for teaching in China, 1983-84.

I've written SF and fantasy novel, textbooks, nonfiction, and a children's book; my most recent is Writing for the Web, 5th edition. As a freelance journalist I've written for three Vancouver papers, The Globe and Mail, and numerous professional magazines in education. Since 2008 I've been a contributing editor at The Tyee, a Vancouver-based online magazine covering politics, the arts, and social issues.


history, writing, politics, teaching & learning, environment, online communication.