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Roger Bourke White Jr.

Summary

  • Author of 14 books: human thinking, science fiction, history, business history, romance and how-to
  • Well degreed: MIT Chemical Engineering and U of Phoenix MBA
  • Well traveled: Worked in five countries, traveled in 20
  • Fun stuff: pilot and sports enthusiast (the playing kind, not the watching kind)
  • Wide-ranging real world experience: rocket scientist, Vietnam vet, high-tech industry pioneer, businessman, and overseas teacher

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Short Press Bio (pdf)

Roger Bourke White Jr. is the author of fourteen books, one of which has sold over 20,000 copies. The book topics range from exploring human thinking through Technofiction (Roger's style of science fiction) to history, romance and how-to.

Medium Press Bio (pdf)

Roger Bourke White Jr. is the author of fourteen books, one of which has sold over 20,000 copies. The book topics range from exploring human thinking (Roger's Business and Insight series) through Roger's style of science fiction (Tales of Technofiction) to history, romance and how-to.

Roger spent his early post college years working first in chemical engineering and then high tech marketing. This has had a big influence on his writing. Early on he learned that the question, "OK, you've made it. Now what is it good for?" was at the heart of every high tech breakthrough. This is the real-world future, and this is the central theme of his Technofiction science fiction stories -- showing what a difference technology makes to the characters experiencing it. This change of focus from moving a character through a conventional story format to showing how technology affects a character and his or her choices means Technofiction stories are surprising: readers don't say, "I've read that before."

In his later years Roger added investigating human thinking to his explorations. The first thinking mystery he wrote about was, "Why was the Titanic disaster so famous?" He has since come up with several models of human thinking that are useful predictors of how people will act in various situations. These are in his Business and Insight books.

Roger has been around. He fought in the Vietnam War in the '60's, he studied engineering at MIT in the '70's, he helped pioneer personal computers and computer networking in the '80's, and in the 2000's he taught English in Korea.

Long Press Bio (pdf)

"More than most people, I've 'been there and done that.' And, while I was doing it, I was watching and taking notes." -- Roger Bourke White Jr.

Roger Bourke White Jr. is the author of fourteen books, one of which has sold over 20,000 copies. The book topics range from exploring human thinking (Roger's Business and Insight series) through Roger's style of science fiction (Tales of Technofiction) to history, romance and how-to.

Roger spent his early post-college years working first in chemical engineering and then high tech marketing. This has had a big influence on his writing. Early on he learned that the question, "OK, you've made it. Now what is it good for?" was at the heart of every high tech breakthrough. This theme is the real-world future, and this is the central theme of his Technofiction science fiction stories -- showing what a difference technology makes to the characters experiencing it. This change of focus from moving a character through a conventional story format to showing how technology affects a character and his or her choices means Technofiction stories are surprising: readers don't say, "I've read that before."

In his later years Roger added investigating human thinking to his explorations. The first thinking mystery he wrote about was, "Why was the Titanic disaster so famous?" He has since come up with several models of human thinking that are useful predictors of how people will act in various situations. These insights are in his Business and Insight books. A popular example of this is Roger coming up with "The Human Thinking Stack" to explain how the various elements in human thinking relate to each other. Using this model Roger came up with the concept of Panic Thinking and Blunder Response -- which can explain a lot of the craziness we see in human history, starting with the craziness in America during the decade following 9-11.

Roger has been around. He fought in the Vietnam War in the '60's, he studied engineering at MIT in the '70's, he helped pioneer personal computers and computer networking in the '80's, and in the 2000's he taught English in Korea.

"I enjoy chronicling why events happen and investigating the forces behind them. I write continually about my travels, and the forces I see behind many business, historic and scientific phenomena."

The culmination of this is Roger's White World web site (one of the first, started in 1996), the fourteen books he has written, and the many stories, articles and videos he has produced.

Roger now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and has four children and seven grandchildren. He has wonderful tales of the many cats and dogs he has lived with over the years.

 

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