Born in New England, as a Navy brat I traveled all over the NorthEast before settling in the California East Bay for 6 years, followed by planting deep roots in the city of my collegiate alma mater: The beach town of Santa Cruz, of all places. But Navy brats don't usually have hometowns per se, so I get to pick mine and I choose the 'Cruz. Make of that what you will.

A nerd of long-standing, I took my first computer programming class on a Commodore Pet (2K of RAM!) in 1978 and have never looked back. I have built a solid, creditable career as a technical writer at companies large and small, from start-ups you've never heard of to places like Cisco and Hewlett-Packard. And at the same time I've been putting forth my opinions every place I can get an audience, from the letters columns of Newsweek, various newspapers, and NPR, to online places like and on into my own blogs. Not forgetting my lengthy side-career of posting tech reviews, news pieces, and opinions at the wonderful tech site Gear Diary (

I have been wanting to write fiction for years, and used the prod of National Novel Writing Month to create my first effort, completed a follow-up mystery story with the same characters, and a short creepy SF story. I'm currently working on another follow-up novel set in Roman times, as well as an urban fantasy/science fiction novel and collecting some of my better tech posts into a collection I'm calling Technobabble. Watch this space for more!
  • Austin, TX
  • JoinedJune 25, 2009


Stories by Douglas Moran
A Study with Slugs by dougom
A Study with Slugs
It is the early 1980s, and women are disappearing from the university campus in Santa Cruz, California, home...
Death Comes Calling by dougom
Death Comes Calling
You probably engaged in this thought experiment, especially if you're a nerdy, comic book-reading guy: If I...
The Red-Head Experiment by dougom
The Red-Head Experiment
Once again Toshihiro Watterson, assisted by his roommate, former Marine Zack Gordon, is asked to solve a stra...