Emmerson James Spurrell was born at the very tender age of zero. Despite his general lack of uniqueness when stacked up against the rest of the human race, he nonetheless strove to carve out his own path through life, resulting in events equally wondrous and disastrous. He started becoming interested in the craft of writing during elementary school, where he would write numerous stories, usually including Mario or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and would write short stories for friends, family and teachers.
At the age of thirteen, EJ discovered his favorite author, Michael Crichton. He devoured several of his books over the next several years, often in conjunction with a dictionary, and grew strongly attached to the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
In 2008, he wrote Engines of Creation: Children of the Halo, and soon released it to generally positive reception and gaining a small, but noticeable following. In 2012, he completed his second serial, Persephone: Twenty Past Midnight.
Soon after he gained full custody of his daughter for her high school years, and could not find the time to write. However, as of 2017, his daughter, Celes, has graduated with honors and EJ once again found the time to write, beginning with a long-planned science fiction project: Sol Ruin.
EJ is a founding member of the Victoria, BC chapter of the Canadian Association for Equality.
EJ has a strong interest in the storytelling arts, whether it be writing, filmmaking, photography gaming and music. He’s an avid gamer, has over 150 games on his Steam account, and has a passing interest in matters of politics. He also flies drones for fun.
He has written over 100 articles on varying subjects related to culture, politics, gender issues and journalism. An advocate of ethical journalism and political pluralism, he holds a very strong centrist philosophy and is outspoken against partisan media, while also respecting many views both liberal and conservative. In 2014, he found himself involved in the GamerGate controversy, and called out a partisan media that held a group of gamers concerned about ethics in games journalism as nothing more than a group of “racist, sexist white men.”
Although Canadian, EJ had a profound respect for the American First Amendment, and is a strong believer that censorship and speech codes only serve to make problems worse than they need to be. Although he opposes hate speech, he firmly believes that hate speech must be allowed to be spoken in order to put a stop to the harm that it can cause.
When a wise man points to the moon, the imbecile examines the finger.
Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
– Francis Bacon
You can’t see the whole picture from inside the frame.
– Les Brown