James started his professional career as a college dropout at the age of seventeen. Four years as a sailing instructor, boatbuilder, machinist, and carpenter taught him the value of craftsmanship, the satisfaction that comes from quality work, and what it means to have real responsibilities. He also figured out that laboring in the hot sun can make college seem quite attractive.
Born and raised in California, James graduated from UC Davis with a degree in electrical engineering, and some years later earned his master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, thanks to a fellowship from Hewlett Packard Laboratories. It was while at Stanford studying artificial intelligence that James got his first inspiration to write a book. Family and work took precedence for the next few decades, but in 2010 James’ first book, “The Religion Virus: Why We Believe in God” was published by O-Books of London. With the publication of “The Religion Virus,” James became a blogger and wrote over five hundred articles about religion, morality, politics and related topics.
“The Zarrabian Incident” is James’ first work of fiction.
In addition to his writing, James is an accomplished amateur guitarist, a tolerable clarinet player, a deep-sea sailor, and the father of three. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and bicycling with his wife in the beautiful mountains of Southern California.