Agent: Sharon Jarvis
1511 North Hayden Road, Suite 160-144
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Home page: http://www.macnightowl.com
Gene Steinberg discovered the magic of writing while still a teenager. He edited his own science fiction and New Age fanzine, and began writing a science fiction novel about an Earth man who finds himself in an unknown land faced with life-threatening situations. During the three years of its existence, the magazine garnered a worldwide circulation of several hundred paid subscribers.
Later, Gene and his former wife, Geneva, combined their extensive knowledge of UFOs and paranormal subjects in general to present a startlingly different magazine, known as "Caveat Emptor." The magazine existed for several years, in the 1970s, and was revised again in the late 1980s.
As a freelance writer, several of his science fiction/science fact articles appeared in Saga UFO Report and Beyond Reality.
In 1984 Gene began to work with the original Apple Macintosh personal computer and never looked back. Over the next few years, Gene finally decided to follow his dream and become a full-time writer, but he also devoted extra time to work as a computer software/systems consultant partly to provide material for his books and magazine articles.
Gene has written more than 30 books on computers and the Internet, plus hundreds of articles for such industry publications as MacAddict, MacHome, MacUser and Macworld. He also writes a weekly column, “Mac Reality Check,” for Gannett News Service and USA Today and is a Contributing Editor for CNET and ZDNet, the world’s largest technology news services. His computer news and support Web site, The Mac Night Owl (http://www.macnightowl.com) receives over 1.5 million hits per month.
His consumer advocate series for CNET, “Death of a PC Vendor,” probed the well-publicized failures of several PC makers and advised stranded customers how to get their money back and their computers fixed. The second article in the series received a "Maggie" award from the Western division of the Magazine Publisher’s Association.
As for that science fiction novel Gene began as a teenager, he finally had the chance to complete the story. Gene and his 20-year-old son, Grayson, have expanded that original story and developed a new science-fiction adventure series, Attack of the Rockoids. Three novels based on the “Rockoids” concept have been written so far. The first novel in the series has been published by Making the Impossible/Toad Hall Press.
In addition, a site on the World Wide Web, http://www.rockoids.com, features news about the series, a message board discussion area, plus weekly entertainment news updates. A special forum covering the Rockoids series, plus Gene’s computer books, has been established on America Online in the Books area of the service’s Entertainment channel.
Plans for the future include a computer game based on Rockoids, a comic book, plus a possible adaptation of the series for film and television; in fact, the first draft of a screenplay was recently completed. In addition, New York-based composer of commercial and film scores, Bruce Sales, has been commissioned to write theme music based on the series.
In recent years, Gene has returned to his original profession, that of a broadcaster. He is host of the popular online tech radio show, "The Tech Night Owl Live" (at www.techbroadcasting.com), and co-host, along with David Biedny, of "The Paracast" (at www.theparacast.com), which is also broadcast on terrestrial radio.
Interests: Computers, technology, the Internet, gadgets, UFOs, the paranormal and science-fiction.
Published writer: Yes