I'm a semi-retired electronics engineer, with 40 years of extremely mixed experience, mostly in industrial and medical electronics. I've had a ham license for 50 years; present call sign is W1PK and I work 2 meter and 440 MHz FM. Other major interests (besides science fiction, of course) are American history, technology in general, music, photography, and getting out and appreciating nature. I've written roughly 50 songs, about half of them sea songs and half filk with one 1632 song stuck in writer's block ("I Work at Braun & Scharff"). Published works are in the NESFA Hymnal Volume 2 and Northeast Passages, probably available through www.massfilc.org. My chosen instrument of torture is 12-string guitar. I do some beta testing for the Debian Linux project. Military service was with the U.S. Air Force, 1965 to 1969, 18th Comm Squadron, Westover AFB Mass. I live with my wife and our cat in Nashua, New Hampshire.