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Samuel Penn

I'm a Java software developer living in Hampshire, England, and currently working at Perforce Software as a development manager. In my previous life I worked with EDMS' such as Livelink, Alfresco, Hyperwave, Documentum and FileNET, having worked in document management for almost 15 years. Before that I studied Computer Science/AI at Edinburgh University, and prior to that I wrote various games and simulations in assembler and BBC Basic.

Hobbies include gaming (computer games, roleplaying games, wargames and boardgames), reading, managing my Linux servers and programming overly complex simulations of the universe. I have a couple of Sourceforge projects, Mapcraft and Yagsbook, and an open source RPG called YAGS.

Previously, I've worked at:

  • Berkeley Software Services
  • Axcelia Software
  • Centrom Ltd
  • Aiimi Ltd

Previous identities (no longer valid, but I can still be found in mailing list and Usenet archives):

  • sam@bifrost.demon.co.uk
  • samuelp@aisb.ed.ac.uk
  • smp@dcs.ed.ac.uk

Current Projects

  • Working on my Cartexography mapping software.
  • I am painting lots of miniatures, currently focused on some Full Thrust fleets and Saga.
  • Various projects on GitHub. See https://github.com/samuelpenn
  • Currently playing in another Pathfinder campaign, Serpent's Skull.
  • Running a Pathfinder campaign in Roll20, set in the city of Magnimar.

Recently Read

2019

  • The Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi
  • Ignition!, John D Clark
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K Dick
  • We Need to Talk About Putin, Mark Galeotii
  • Artemis, Andy Weir
  • The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Steven Novella

2018

  • 1984, George Orwell
  • The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, Ken Macleod
  • Nemesis Games, James S. A. Corey

2017

  • Rise of the Dungeon Master, David Kushner, Koren Shadmi
  • Night Sessions, Ken Macleod
  • On A Steel Breeze, Alastair Reynolds
  • Cibola Burn, James S. A. Corey
  • The Corporation Wars: Dissidence, Ken Macleod
  • Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, Matt Parker
  • Gods of Risk, James S. A. Corey
  • How to Lie with Statistics, Darrell Huff

2016

  • The Restoration Game, Ken Macleod
  • Abaddon's Gate, James S. A. Corey
  • Caliban's War, James S. A. Corey
  • The Seeds of Earth, Michael Cobley (unfinished)
  • Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey
  • Ancillery Sword, Ann Leckie
  • The Execution Channel, Ken Macleod
  • Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Flood, Stephen Baxter
  • Condition Zulu: Weapons and Defence in Space Combat, Ken Burnside
  • Pathfinder 4: Origins
  • Objects in Motion: Orbital Mechanics for Writers, Ken Burnside
  • The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF, Ken Burnside
  • Eclipse Phase: After the Fall, Edited by Jaym Gates
  • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson

2015

  • Childhood's End, Arthur C Clarke
  • Starliner, David Drake
  • Herovit's World, Barry M. Malzberg
  • Old Man's War, John Scalzi
  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
  • The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge, Vernor Vinge
  • The Martian, Andy Weir
  • Alternating Currents, Frederick Pohl
  • Engine City, Ken MacLeod
  • Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge
  • Dark Light, Ken MacLeod
  • First, Break All the Rules, Curt Coffman and Marcus Buckingham
  • The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M Banks
  • Pathfinder 3: City of Secrets, Jim Zub
  • Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  • Pathfinder: Goblins
  • Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov
  • Mort, Terry Pratchett
  • Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  • Command and Control, Eric Schlosser
  • It's a Bit More Complicated Than That, Ben Goldacre
  • What If?, Randall Munroe
  • Cosmonaut Keep, Ken MacLeod
  • Of Dice and Men, David M Ewalt

2014

  • The Frood, Jem Roberts
  • Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge
  • Pathfinder 2: Of Tooth and Claw, Jim Zub
  • Images on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art, Michael Camille
  • The Stone Canal, Ken Macleod
  • Meathouse Man, George RR Martin
  • Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City, Phil and Kaja Foglio
  • Pathfinder 1: Dark Waters Rising, Jim Zub and Andrew Huerta
  • Rogue Trooper 01
  • House of Suns, Alistair Reynolds
  • The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch, Lewis Dartnell
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 6
  • So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish, Douglas Adams
  • Life, the Universe and Everything, Douglas Adams
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
  • The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • The Star Fraction, Ken MacLeod
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 5
  • The Rapture of the Nerds, Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 4

2013

  • Cycles of Time, Roger Penrose
  • Life in a Medieval Village, Frances Gies and Joseph Gies
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 3
  • Learning the World, Ken MacLeod
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 1
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 2
  • Paradox, Jim Al-Khalili
  • Bad Pharma, Ben Goldacre
  • Quinlon Vos: Jedi in Darkness
  • Reamde, Neal Stephenson
  • Blue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds
  • The Geek Manisfesto, Mark Henderson
  • The Prefect, Alistair Reynolds
  • Matter, Iain M Banks
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