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Samuel Penn

I'm a gamer and developer living in Hampshire, England, and I currently work at Perforce Software as a senior development manager, managing several teams across Europe and India (as well as writing the odd bit of code when I get time). Previously I've worked in development and consulting, working on Cloud, Document Management and image processing since the mid 1990s. Before that I studied Computer Science/AI at Edinburgh University, and prior to that I wrote various games and simulations in assembler and BBC Basic.

Hobbies include gaming (computer games, roleplaying games, wargames and boardgames), reading, managing my Linux servers and programming overly complex simulations of the universe. My current projects are WorldGen and an open source RPG called YAGS.

Previously, I've worked at:

  • Berkeley Software Services
  • Axcelia Software
  • Centrom Ltd
  • Aiimi Ltd

Previous identities (no longer valid, but I can still be found in mailing list and Usenet archives):


Current Projects

  • Running a Traveller game on FoundryVTT.
  • I am painting lots of miniatures, currently focused on some Saga miniatures.
  • Various projects on GitLab. See
  • Working on a Traveller character sheet for FoundryVTT
  • Working on Traveller assets for Dungeondraft
  • Publishing some Traveller material on DrivethruRPG

Recently Read


  • The Rhesus Chart, Charles Stross
  • A City on Mars, Kelly and Zach Weinersmith


  • The Complete Hammer's Slammers, Vol 1, David Drake
  • Acorn - A World in Pixels, Mark Gidley
  • Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett
  • Neutron Star, Larry Niven


  • The Apocalypse Codex, Charles Stross
  • Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells
  • Arthur C Clarke, the Collected Stories, Arthur C Clarke
  • The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross
  • The Jennifer Morgue, Charles Stross
  • The Atrocity Archives, Charles Stross
  • Inhibitor Phase, Alastair Reynolds


  • The Light Fantastic, Terry Pratchett
  • Agent of the Imperium, Marc Miller
  • Babylon's Ashes, James S. A. Corey
  • Wet Work, Chris A. Jackson
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 176
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 175
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 174
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 173
  • Rachando, Kevin Knight
  • Taken on the Run, Martin Dougherty
  • The Span of the Stars, Gareth Hanrahan
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 172
  • Ghouls, Richard Lee Byers
  • A Warrior's Soul, Chris A Jackson
  • The Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 171
  • Widowed, Chris A. Jackson
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 170


  • The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 169
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 168
  • Strata, Terry Pratchett
  • The Dark Side of the Sun, Terry Pratchett
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 167
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells
  • You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, Janelle Shane
  • Clarkesworld, Issue 166
  • Strangest of All, Julie Novakova
  • The Last Colony, John Scalzi


  • Becoming Superman, JMS
  • Neptune's Brood, Charles Stross
  • Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynolds
  • The Ghost Brigades, John Scalzi
  • Ignition!, John D Clark
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K Dick
  • We Need to Talk About Putin, Mark Galeotii
  • Artemis, Andy Weir
  • The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Steven Novella


  • 1984, George Orwell
  • The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, Ken Macleod
  • Nemesis Games, James S. A. Corey


  • Rise of the Dungeon Master, David Kushner, Koren Shadmi
  • Night Sessions, Ken Macleod
  • On A Steel Breeze, Alastair Reynolds
  • Cibola Burn, James S. A. Corey
  • The Corporation Wars: Dissidence, Ken Macleod
  • Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, Matt Parker
  • Gods of Risk, James S. A. Corey
  • How to Lie with Statistics, Darrell Huff


  • The Restoration Game, Ken Macleod
  • Abaddon's Gate, James S. A. Corey
  • Caliban's War, James S. A. Corey
  • The Seeds of Earth, Michael Cobley (unfinished)
  • Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey
  • Ancillery Sword, Ann Leckie
  • The Execution Channel, Ken Macleod
  • Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Flood, Stephen Baxter
  • Condition Zulu: Weapons and Defence in Space Combat, Ken Burnside
  • Pathfinder 4: Origins
  • Objects in Motion: Orbital Mechanics for Writers, Ken Burnside
  • The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF, Ken Burnside
  • Eclipse Phase: After the Fall, Edited by Jaym Gates
  • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson


  • Childhood's End, Arthur C Clarke
  • Starliner, David Drake
  • Herovit's World, Barry M. Malzberg
  • Old Man's War, John Scalzi
  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
  • The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge, Vernor Vinge
  • The Martian, Andy Weir
  • Alternating Currents, Frederick Pohl
  • Engine City, Ken MacLeod
  • Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge
  • Dark Light, Ken MacLeod
  • First, Break All the Rules, Curt Coffman and Marcus Buckingham
  • The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M Banks
  • Pathfinder 3: City of Secrets, Jim Zub
  • Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  • Pathfinder: Goblins
  • Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov
  • Mort, Terry Pratchett
  • Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  • Command and Control, Eric Schlosser
  • It's a Bit More Complicated Than That, Ben Goldacre
  • What If?, Randall Munroe
  • Cosmonaut Keep, Ken MacLeod
  • Of Dice and Men, David M Ewalt


  • The Frood, Jem Roberts
  • Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge
  • Pathfinder 2: Of Tooth and Claw, Jim Zub
  • Images on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art, Michael Camille
  • The Stone Canal, Ken Macleod
  • Meathouse Man, George RR Martin
  • Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City, Phil and Kaja Foglio
  • Pathfinder 1: Dark Waters Rising, Jim Zub and Andrew Huerta
  • Rogue Trooper 01
  • House of Suns, Alistair Reynolds
  • The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch, Lewis Dartnell
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 6
  • So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish, Douglas Adams
  • Life, the Universe and Everything, Douglas Adams
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
  • The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • The Star Fraction, Ken MacLeod
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 5
  • The Rapture of the Nerds, Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 4


  • Cycles of Time, Roger Penrose
  • Life in a Medieval Village, Frances Gies and Joseph Gies
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 3
  • Learning the World, Ken MacLeod
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 1
  • Echoes of all our Conversations 2
  • Paradox, Jim Al-Khalili
  • Bad Pharma, Ben Goldacre
  • Quinlon Vos: Jedi in Darkness
  • Reamde, Neal Stephenson
  • Blue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds
  • The Geek Manisfesto, Mark Henderson
  • The Prefect, Alistair Reynolds
  • Matter, Iain M Banks
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