Former professor (Rensselaer and William and Mary) and entrepreneur writing about the origin of the alphabet, curiosities in the Talmud, and what the past tells us about the future of culture, science, and the media. Occasionally I get political, despite my better judgment. Author of books, essays, reviews, journal articles, and a bazillion emails since 1982, including Rope Dances (short stories), The Soft Machine: Cybernetic Fiction, “R. Boots,” (play), “Gameworld” (performance art); A Short Guide to Writing About Science (textbook), and “Frothing at the Synaptic Bath.” Former CEO – MentorNet. Chair and Founder, Spongefish. Co-founder, Society for Literature and Science. Executive Dir., SUNY Learning Environments. Fulbright scholar to Technion, Israel. MIT grad. Father, husband and grandpa.