I’m a writer, speaker, teacher, space settlement researcher, computer scientist, web developer, draftsperson, and personal trainer. I was born in Melbourne, but I’ve lived most of my life in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, in Southeast Queensland, Australia.
My interests include space settlement, mental and physical health, fitness, veganism, animal welfare, environment, planetary engineering, futurism, music, film-making, photography, game development, travel, business, finance, and economics.
I’m currently writing my third book, which is a rather long, non-fiction work called “Becoming Multiplanetary”. It’s all about settlement of Mars, focusing mainly on how to build the first city. I aspire to write science fiction novels and screenplays in the future.
I love teaching, and I used to teach maths, science, and computing topics. I’m a qualified personal trainer and love to teach about fitness and nutrition.
I’m fairly introverted (INFJ) as well as nomadic. I’m looking forward to designing and building a sustainable, steel-frame, smart, off-grid-capable home, in Brisbane.
I also love acting, and have been on stage in several amateur theatre productions, and in several short films. My extremely brief IMDB page.
My most recent book was published in 2015 and is called The International Mars Research Station. You can read it online for free, or you can buy a printed copy. In 2014 I gave a TEDx talk about this idea. The original architecture that I designed, which preceded the IMRS book, was called Blue Dragon; you can read it here.
My friend and legendary space writer Leonard David kindly reviewed my book here.
I’m a member of the Space Development Steering Committee. They published a brief article about my book.
I’ve also thought about rotating space stations, built in free space or from asteroids. Here, my friend Frans Blok references an idea I developed for turning the asteroid 16 Psyche into a space station.
Papers, presentations, and interviews
In 2006 I wrote two papers, which I presented at the Mars Society convention in Washington, DC. They were:
I’ve been interviewed about Mars by ABC radio 3 times.
- ABC Northern Territory, about my Mars One application.
- ABC Sunshine Coast, before my TEDx talk.
- ABC Brisbane (audio has been archived, I will try to get a copy from them).
Several other presentations and interviews about Mars settlement can be found at my YouTube channel.
In 2017 I was invited to speak at the Mars Summit in Bangalore, India. During that trip I was able to visit numerous schools and universities in south India, to give presentations about settling Mars, and answer questions from students. Here is an article from that trip plus a couple of minor mentions here, here and here. In this video you can see me introducing myself at one of the schools.
One of my interests is calendar design, which I find to be a fun and interesting fusion of mathematics, computing, astronomy, psychology, history, and sociology. I’ve created a superior calendar for Earth called the Earthian Calendar, and possibly the best calendar ever designed for Mars, called the Utopian Calendar.
My Mars time-keeping work is mentioned here and here. The original version of the calendar was published on the Virtual Mars website (precursor to Martians and Solaria), and has kindly been archived by my friend Tom Gangale here and here.
Health and fitness
I’m a health and fitness enthusiast and a qualified personal trainer. I completed my Master Trainer qualification (a.k.a. Certificate IV in Fitness) with the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2004. I exercise most days, generally alternating strength training with running, adding in cycling, indoor climbing, hiking, yoga, and martial arts when possible. I eat a mostly organic, vegan, whole foods diet, high in green vegetables, legumes, and fungi, and low in sugar, grains, and starchy vegetables like potatoes. I think this is arguably the best diet for humans, and I’m passionate about veganism and animal rights.
I’m also passionate about spirituality and mental health, and meditate daily.
I love to travel and can barely go three months without a trip somewhere. I went to 5 continents (all except Africa and Antarctica) in both 2016 and 2017, and have visited around 40 countries so far. My favourites include Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Colombia, England, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Monaco, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, the United States, and Canada.
By the end of the decade I hope to have visited every continent in the world, and by the end of my life, every country in the world, as well as the Moon and Mars.
I have sponsored from 1 to 3 kids at a time through World Vision for many years, and donated to many other charities including Greenpeace, WWF, Red Cross, and more. I still support a couple of kids via World Vision but also I like to directly sponsor orphans in Africa, which gives me much greater bang for my buck (no middle man).
My goal is to build one or more companies in order to achieve several goals that I dream about.
- Arcadia, the first city on Mars. This is my current project. Arcadia is conceived as a largely self-sufficient smart city, knowledge city, and free private city. It will produce and recycle all its food, water, air, energy, fuel, metals, wood, plastic, glass, bricks, and many other materials and items. It is partially above ground, but mostly underground.
- Solaria, an MMORPG that is set in the Solar System of 2150. Settlements have been built throughout the System, antigravity and zero-point energy have been developed, humanity has relationships with numerous extraterrestrial races, and many machines are sentient. Imagine a game of exploration and adventure set in a fantastic, fun, future Solar System. The plan is to also produce a series of 3D-animated movies, a television show, and books and graphic novels based on the game.
- GFS, the global food system. Everyone on Earth deserves to have access to abundant healthy food (which means organic, vegan, whole foods), no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have. Achieving this goal would greatly reduce stress and illness in the world, and improve happiness and peace. With indoor, environment controlled farming, renewable energy, and automated drones and vehicles, it’s conceivable to create a global, largely automated food production and distribution network to ensure this goal is achieved. The goal is to greatly reduce the use of land and water for food production, greatly reduce pollution, reforest old farmland, and ensure food security in spite of a changing climate, even for a future population of 11 billion.
- GREEN, a global renewable electric energy network. R. Buckminster Fuller talked about this idea, calling it a global energy grid. My goal is to develop a software platform that will enable renewable power stations around the world to connect and share data and designs, and to collaborate on creating this global grid. Global abundant energy will make everyone rich, and create a fair and equitable world free from survival stress and pollution.
I have many other ideas about how to change the world, but these are my favourites that I want to develop in this lifetime. My goal is to live until 2100 (in which year I turn 129) to see all my dreams fulfilled. This is why I use the username “mossy2100”.
My company is called Astron and has various business units including Astron Software, Astron Media, Astron Food, Astron Energy, Astron Properties, Astron Space, Astron University, and more. My intention is to establish a headquarters in Singapore and have additional major locations on every continent, in Brisbane, Zurich, Dar es Salaam, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and McMurdo.
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Quora. My username in most places is mossy2100. You can reach me via phone, email, Skype, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp, but Messenger is generally the most reliable.
I’ve made a lot of websites over the years, starting in about 1995. I wish they were all still online, but sadly many have been lost. Here at least are a few.
AscensionTek — my plan for a property development company, developed in 2007.
ICE — original website for the Institute for Colonisation and Exploration.
Silvergreen — concept for an ecovillage I want to build in the Samford Valley region west of Brisbane.
Mars Engineering — old bis-and-pieces website from 2001.
Martians — computer game concept now re-imagined as “Solaria”, an MMORPG set in the Solar System in 2150. I am aiming to launch this game in 2020.