Gene Steinberg is an award-winning journalist who discovered the magic of writing while still a teenager. He edited his own science fiction and New Age fanzine, and began writing a science fiction novel about an Earth man who finds himself in an unknown land faced with life-threatening situations. During the three years of its existence, the magazine garnered a worldwide circulation of several hundred paid subscribers. For his first paid job, Gene was Managing Editor of Saucer News, a magazine devoted to news and views about UFOs.
Gene thought about a career switch when he began to get job offers during the course of radio interviews he had participated in as a result of his association with the magazine, and he finally decided to enter that profession. For over a decade, he worked as disk jockey, newscaster and commercial writer and producer for stations spanning the USA from Minnesota to the northeastern Philadelphia suburbs.
After he got involved in another publishing venture, again as editor of a New Age magazine, he founded a small design studio to provide art and typography services for the publication. When the magazine discontinued publication some years later, he continued to work in the design and publishing production industries, but also freelanced as a writer and editor on a variety of subjects. During that period, several of his science fiction/science fact articles appeared in Saga UFO Report and Beyond Reality.
In 1984 Gene began to work with the original Apple Macintosh personal computer and never looked back. Over the next few years, Gene finally decided to follow his dream and become a full-time writer, but he also devoted extra time to work as a computer software/systems consultant partly to provide material for his books and magazine articles.
Gene has written over two dozen books on computers and the Internet, plus hundreds of articles for such industry publications as MacAddict, MacHome, MacUser, Macworld and Computer Shopper. He also writes a weekly column, "Mac Reality Check," for Gannett News Service and USA Today, and is a Contributing Editor for CNET, the world’s largest technology news service. His computer news and support Web site, The Mac Night Owl, receives thousands of regular visitors each day.
Biography provided by the author, May 2002