Genres: Christian SF, Macintosh Computing, Computing Languages
(Modula-2), Ethical and Social Issues in Technology, Humour.
Publishers: Charles Merrill and Bookmice (both now defunct), Arjay
Rick Sutcliffe has worked as a truck driver,
printer, bindery man, warehouseman, mail clerk, accounting clerk, rail
car checker, telegraph clerk, library assistant, high school
teacher, and university professor. He has also written commercial software, fiction and non fiction, a variety of
columns, done curriculum design, and performed consulting work in computing and school accreditation.
His relationship with Jesus Christ is of supreme
importance to him, and he has been heavily involved in Aldergrove Baptist Church for many years, serving as youth leader, boys' club
leader, teller, assistant treasurer, treasurer, photographer, chair of various committees, deacon, elder,
and church chairman. Trinity Western University, where he is a tenured full professor of computing science and
Mathematics, is Canada's premiere Christian Liberal Arts and Sciences University.
His degrees are in mathematics, but while a high
school math and physics teacher he pioneered the use of microcomputers
in British Columbia schools and soon became involved in computing education, writing for computing trade
publications, and producing shareware products. He assisted TWU to begin its first computing science courses, and a year
later (1983) joined the university as a faculty member.
There, he has served in numerous roles, including a terms as
faculty association chair, mathematics department chair, academic council, and dean of science. He coordinates the
academic computing and supervises the computing science degree
He has represented Canada on standards committees
both nationally and internationally, and is co-author of the ISO Modula-2 standard, as well as of a shareware textbook on the
language. (An earlier edition was published by Charles Merrill.) This book and another on ethical and social issues
in technology are available from Arjay Books, and are
used in university coursework as well as by individuals. His standards work has taken him to Austria, Switzerland,
Germany, France, Holland, and the United Kingdom.
Rick has used the Internet in various ways since the
mid 70's and had electronic books available there in the early 90's. He has dabbled in fiction for a number of years, publishing
The Peace, first in an ambitious Irish-Christian SF series, with Bookmice in June 2000.
The Peace was nominated for the Frankfurt e Book Award that year and in early 2001 was Bookmice's
#1 best-selling eBook. It also received strong reviews, including one from Tom Easton in the prestigious SF magazine
Analog. While awaiting a new publisher, The Peace and The
Friends (Book 2) are available from Arjay Books.
His SF examines technological and ethical issues in
the context of earths with alternate histories. The first series takes place largely on a world where Brian Boru survived
Clontarf to establish an enduring Irish crown that now rules two entire planets. Their own world is two hundred years
ahead of ours technologically, but suffered a series of nuclear and biological wars in the eighteenth century whose
effects on population and birthrates continue to this day.
Consequently, some technologies are banned, and wars can
only be fought with hand-wielded weapons (not even guns). Only a powerful and fairly universal moral code keeps Ortho
Earth (Greater Hibernia) stable. Of course, humankind being fallen there too, some would cheat, necessitating careful
policing by the crown. But the king has been deposed by his corrupt nobles and...
Rick has been happily married to Joyce since 1969 and
has two children, Nathan (a software engineer) and Joel (math and history,
lifeguarding). They live in a house they designed and built at Bradner, BC, where he also enjoys gardening,
photography, and woodworking.
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