I was born in Warrington, Cheshire, England, and grew up in California, in a suburb near San Francisco. I currently live in the state of Oregon with my wife, Angela. I am a writer, a pacifist, and a socialist, strongly committed to the principle of nonviolence and the furtherance of universal rights (particularly as regards the fundamental right of free expression), with a deep interest in music, films, theater, art, and photography.