I've spent twenty five years teaching applied maths & doing research in coherent optics. During the seventies I had many poems published & was anthologised. I took early retirement, moved to the south of France and now paint and write. In my first novel - 'Coffee with Heddi!' - I set out to place real characters in a real environment, some five centuries in the future. The result is raunchier and more violent than is usual in sci-fi, but it also refers satirically to our own times.