I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area in the 1960s
and 70s, at just the right time and place to witness the space race, the
American racial and social revolutions, the beginnings of the
transistor age, the first color television programs, and America’s 1970s
Having no idea that I was growing up so close to “ground
zero,” I delighted in the science fiction and fantasy books of the era,
especially from the likes of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and Arthur C.
Clarke, and peppered with the science-fiction-heavy comics that were
becoming all the rage. I also had a distinct appreciation for the pulps
of an earlier era, most notably the Doc Savage and Perry Rhodan series, and today own the entire run of Doc Savage novels. My young mind was also molded by the television of the day, most notably programs like Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, and
sci-fi and adventure cartoons from America and Japan too numerous to
mention. For a brief time, my interest in science and SF led to my being
given the nickname of “Flash” Jordan.
Luckily for me, that one eventually wore off.
I am a self-taught graphic artist and web designer, who
began to experiment with writing when I found more and more trouble
finding content I wanted to read. Publishing was the next step, but I quickly decided I could do better than the limitations inherent in the traditional publishing industry.
Exploring other options, I came across ebooks and
self-publishing. Ebooks, I believe, are the natural progression in the
delivery of literature to the public. As our environmental impact
demands that we preserve our natural resources as much as possible, and
as more and more people worldwide obtain electronic devices that can
read digital documents and literature, so it makes sense to support the
transition from paper-based books—which are bulky and require extensive
resources and power to produce, transport and store—to electronic books,
which require virtually no energy to reproduce, need no space to store,
and can travel electronically. Ebooks fit our
environmentally-sensitive, space-conscious, ultra-portable world of
today and tomorrow.
As I continued to write and develop the website, often referred to as The SJB,
I also regularly contributed to ebook-dedicated forums, becoming known
as an independent authority on ebooks, ebook production, formats and
self-publishing. I've been interviewed for articles in the New York Times and in various blogs, including DigiReader and The Tainted Archive. I've also lent my web production talents and support to the Read an E-Book Week
website, elucidating on and encouraging ebook reading around the world.
I've recently undergone a “reinvention” of my website and work, now
available through my pages at RightBrane.com.
I continue to write what I call “futurist fiction,” stories based on real science and believable extrapolations of the future; I've also written lighter "sci-fi" fiction, non-SF adventure and humor, and received popular acclaim in all areas. I've penned sixteen novels to date, including a study of the growth of the ebook industry and a non-science-fiction detective adventure.
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