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J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive autodidact. He is also a very minor authority on Open Source media production – a topic on which he is, unfortunately, published regularly in magazines like LinuxJournal. In 1999 he founded the now defunct BlenderWars, a filmmaking community devoted to the subject, successfully corrupting thousands of impressionable arts students. He’s also a self-aggrandizing science fiction and fantasy author who publishes lurid stories and, worse, the occasional popular philosophy article.
A rising star in the small world of podcast fiction, he unscrupulously used his decade-long experience as an audio and video engineer with his painfully florid and gritty writing style to create rich audio universes. This habit, which he indulges in public, and into which he drags perfectly sensible people like composer Danny Schade, has garnered him seven Parsec nominations and helped him make his first professional fiction and philosophy sales (a trend which, for the good of the world at large, we can only hope abates soon). Meanwhile, his growing, rabid fan-base is currently plotting to imprison him and force him to produce endless new literary abominations for their amusement. We can only hope they succeed.
When not intruding upon his readers and listeners imaginations with his sordid tales, he endeavors to corrupt their sense of moral probity with his suspiciously titled The Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour, a skeptical podcast with a focus on “cultural innovators” (i.e. troublemakers). He also appears religiously on Zach Moore’s Apologia, a shifty philosophy and ethics roundtable populated by people with far too much time on their hands.
In addition to his work as an author and producer, he is a prolific voice over artist and a regular presence throughout the podosphere, appearing either as actor or interview subject on The InfidelGuy, The Dead Robots Society, Erotica A La Carte, The Metamor City Podcast, Going Linux, and others too numerous to name.
This fall will see the release of his Science Fiction thriller Free Will and Other Compulsions, books 3 and 4 of his Clarke Lantham Mysteries, the morbidly titled reference volume Throwing Lead: A Writer’s Guide to Guns and the People Who Use Them.