Mark L. Van Name

Mark L. Van Name is a writer, technologist, and spoken word performer.  He has published five novels (One Jump AheadSlanted JackOverthrowing HeavenChildren No More, and No Going Back), as well as an omnibus collection of his first two books (Jump Gate Twist); edited or co-edited three anthologies (Intersections:  The Sycamore Hill AnthologyTranshuman, and The Wild Side), and written many short stories. Those stories have appeared in a wide variety of books and magazines, including Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, many original anthologies, and The Year¹s Best Science FictionAs a technologist, he is the CEO of a fact-based marketing and learning and development firm, Principled Technologies, Inc., that is based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.  He has worked with computer technology for his entire professional career and has published over a thousand articles in the computer trade press, as well as a broad assortment of essays and reviews. 


As a spoken word artist, he has created and performed four shows--Science Magic SexWake Up Horny, Wake Up AngryMr. Poor Choices; and Mr. Poor Choices II: I Don¹t Understand--and also frequently leads humor panels at SF and fantasy conventions. For more information, visit his Web site,, or follow his blog, Find him on Twitter at @mvanname.