Born 1945 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Educated at Chesterfield Grammar School (1957-64) and Imperial College,
London where I took a BSc in Organic Chemistry followed by a
post-graduate diploma in Biochemistry (1964-68). Worked as Research
Assistant to Steven and Hilary Rose on the Pelican book "Science and
Began a career in journalism working in the underground press between
1969 and 1972, where I was a columnist for Frendz magazine, music and
book reviewer and reviews editor for Ink and Oz magazines and finally
production manager for Oz magazine. There I met Felix
Dennis and we
Books (now Dennis Publishing).
Director of Bunch/Dennis from 1972 to 1981 when I became Managing
Editor of the UK's first PC magazine, Personal Computer World.
Following the sale of PCW to VNU in 1983 I was briefly Managing Editor
of the short-lived software magazine "Soft". In 1984 I became a
Contributing Editor to the US computer magazine Byte until that magazine's
closure in 1998, during which time I contributed over 150
feature articles. I'm nowadays Real World Editor and
columnist for PC Pro
magazine (a Dennis title).
"Object Oriented Forth" (Academic Press 1983)
"A Tutorial Introduction to Concurrent Programming in
"Cool Rules: Anatomy of an Attitude" with David Robins (Reaktion 2000)
"New Penguin Dictionary of Computing" (Penguin 2002)
"Concise Penguin Dictionary of Computing" (Penguin 2003)
"Sampling Reality" (KDP 2013)