Guerrilla Novelist, Casper Parks is considered a “must read author” for today’s generation. He uses science fiction to explore the possibilities of reality past, present and future. His readership spans numerous ages and nations.
After high school, he served in the United States Navy, doing a Westpac. Three semesters into collage opportunity knocked and he answered. For years, he worked in the industry, and as an actor and radio announcer. In the music industry, he started by setting stages working his way into lighting-tech and stage manger. He worked as onsite manager of a rehearsal studio in Downtown Los Angeles, then left his career in the music industry on Labor Day 1993.
Casper Parks is active and respected in the UFO community. He has witnessed a number of UFOs and has posted one encounter online.
Dave Bara was born at the dawn of the space age and grew up watching the Gemini and Apollo space programs on television, dreaming of becoming an astronaut one day. This soon led him to an interest in science fiction, especially on television. His early years were filled with dozens of episodes of the original Star Trek, Lost in Space, The Outer Limits, and The Twilight Zone.
He began to read science fiction voraciously in his teens, with authors like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Frederick Pohl, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Gordon Dickson, and Joe Haldeman being among his favorites. This led him to try his hand at writing, which he continued all through his college years, even using a novel project as part of his undergraduate degree studies. During these years the story concepts for what would become The Lightship Chronicles series began to take form.
Dave’s writing is influenced by the many SF novels he has read over the years, but most notable were books like Dune (Herbert), The Mote In God’s Eye (Niven and Pournelle), Dorsai! (Dickson), The Forever War (Haldeman), Tau Zero (Poul Anderson) and the Foundation novels (Asimov), among many others.
Dave looks forward to bringing SF fans many exciting stories, heroic characters, and soaring action-adventure in the years to come.
Look for IMPULSE: The Lightship Chronicles, Volume I in bookstores now from DAW Books in the US and Del Rey Books in the UK and Europe.
Jamie Bartlett is a journalist and tech blogger for The Telegraph and Director of The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in conjunction with The University of Sussex.
In 2013 he covered the rise of Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Italy for Demos, chronicling the new political force’s emergence and use of social media.
In 2014 he released a book entitled The Dark Net, discussing the Darknet and dark web in broad terms, describing a range of underground and emergent sub cultures, including social media racists, cam girls, self harm communities, darknet drug markets, cryptoanarchists and transhumanists.
He regularly writes about online extremism and free speech, as well as social media trends in Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook.