John Hawkes-Reed is a Unix hacker by day. By night, too, if it’s been one of those sorts of weeks. His origin story involves finding the big yellow Gollancz hardbacks in Winchcombe public library, the ‘Making a transistor radio’ Ladybird book and the John Peel programme. The 2006 Viable Paradise writer’s workshop was something of a life-changing experience, and he has been quietly emitting stories of varying length since then. Some of those stories can be found in the anthologies ‘Airship shape and Bristol fashion’, ‘Colinthology’, ‘Dark Spires’ and ‘Future Bristol’. He is fascinated by cold-war architecture, islands and stationary engines. John owns too many books, not enough tractors and is trivially Googleable.