This is what you need to know:
I worked in international development for around fourteen years. That’s where I smashed poverty. Well. Tried my best, anyway. To do this I lived in Mongolia, Laos, and Vietnam, and worked in a bunch of other places in Southeast Asia and East Asia. I was (and still am) a basic education specialist, designing and managing programs aimed at enabling ethnic minority children in remote areas to attend primary school (in communities where they would never have set foot in a school otherwise).
These days I’ve taken a hiatus from sternum-punching poverty to be a stay-at-home dad and writer. I recently returned to Australia after three years in Hanoi, where all I did was read battered science fiction paperbacks, explore the city with my son, and write, write, write in all the spaces in between.
I began writing fiction in late 2012. Since then I’ve sold over a dozen short stories, including one to the prestigious Asimov’s magazine, several to the excellent Interzone, two to Grimdark Magazine, one at Galaxy’s Edge, and numerous others listed here. My short fiction has been translated into Hebrew, French and German. I was fortunate to become a Writers of the Future winner in early 2014.
In 2016 I was shortlisted for the Australian Ditmar Awards in the ‘Best New Talent’ category (it’s wonderful to find a profession where, at 40, you can still be called a ‘new talent’), and one of my stories was included in Neil Clarke’s ‘Best Science Fiction of the Year.’
In 2016 I also began a PhD in creative writing, focussing on the literature of Southeast and East Asia, and in mid-2016 I was signed by a London agent, Piers Blofeld of Sheil Land Associates, on the strength of my cyberpunk manuscript, “The Escher Man.”
I can be contacted here: voight0kampff (AT) gmail.com.
My twitter handle is @.