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John Akers grew up in suburban New York. Born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate, he dealt with numerous craniofacial and other heath issues over the course of his childhood, but the support of his loving family and wonderful doctors and therapists helped him through it all.

John's fascination with technology and user interfaces led him to earn a B.A. in behavioral sciences and an M.S. in human factors engineering before embarking on a career as a product designer for various technology companies. Some of the many products he has designed include an entertainment kiosk at Walt Disney World, a photo-sharing website, photo printers, accounting and tax software, and an applicant tracking system for hiring employees. John is the sole inventor of a U.S. patent, and he leverages his expert knowledge of man-machine systems to create his compelling, dystopian visions of the future.

A fan of science fiction ever since he saw Star Wars in the theater with his dad as a kid, John's literary influences include Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula Le Guin, Neal Stephenson, Octavia Butler, Hugh Howey, N.K. Jemisin, and Neil Gaiman. Over a decade ago he began writing his own stories as a way of exploring his concerns about the unintended consequences of human technology.

John lives with his family in San Diego, California. You can contact him at john@john-akers.com.