My name is Randy Hulshizer and I am a writer and editor. I live with my wife, daughter, and two dogs on the outer fringe of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, arguably one of the most historic cities in the United States.
I write mostly speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream), but I occasionally wade into literary waters. I am also the publisher and editor in chief at Empyreome Magazine.
Throughout my career, I’ve earned undergraduate degrees and certificates in biology, biotechnology, computer science, and theology, and graduate degrees in molecular medical sciences and English rhetoric and composition.
I currently work for a scientific think-tank where I imagine and write about the future of medical technology and its potential impacts on humankind. I’ve also been a bio-defense research scientist, business owner, computer programmer, camp and conference center general manager, tech support specialist, electronics technician, graphic designer, salesperson, construction worker, retail warehouse person, retail sales clerk, retail cashier, mower of lawns, and shoveler of driveways.
Although I love my job, I’m most at home hiking a mountain trail, resting beneath a tree with a cup a coffee in one hand and a book in the other, or sitting with my laptop before me and a story at my fingertips.
Some of my favorite authors include (in alphabetical order): Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Lev Grossman, Madeleine L’Engle, Stephen King, C.S. Lewis, H.P. Lovecraft, George MacDonald, Edgar Allan Poe, Philip Pullman, J.R.R. Tolkien.
I also enjoy running, biking, hiking, computer programming, movies (watching them and making them), music, and art (viewing it and creating it). I do enjoy traveling to new places, but I haven’t done nearly as much of that as I would like. I’m also intellectually interested in philosophy, religion, science, literature, music, art, and so many other things I don’t have space to list them all.
I consider everything I have done and learned in my life to be research for my writing.