John Speeking is currently working in the field of Information Technology. He has previously pursued a variety of endeavours, the most significant of which was a stint as a geosciences professional, which allowed him the chance to work far afield, namely in the Great Canadian North, the United States, Mexico, and West Africa. His favourite writers include Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Zola, Dostoyevsky, Poe, and Hemingway. He enjoys writing, drawing, sculpting, and collecting classic DVDs. The artists he admires the most are Charles Dickens and Akira Kurosawa, because of their deep humanity and the breadth of their genius.