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peterallison's Bio

Having the industrial backdrop of Los Angeles 2019 from Blade Runner (actually ICI Wilton near Middlesbrough) during Peter’s formative years obviously left an impression upon him. From an early age Peter has had a fascination with technology; and where most boys were focussed on football teams, Peter was far more interested in William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and the science-fiction genre.

This interest continued into Peter’s teenage years, and with a disdain for lurking on street corners, Peter was far more partial to learning how to program his home computer (Ye Olde ZX Spectrum).

With Peter’s innate understanding of technology, and possession of an active imagination, his only recourse was to study for a career in Engineering Design. Peter enrolled at the local technical college, where one of his first designs was the Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars trilogy.

After completing his college course, Peter moved to Sheffield in 1995 and continued his studies at university. It was also at this time Peter began training in Shaolin Kung Fu with the Hoan Lung Shaolin school, and has continued practising to this day. A supernatural-thriller, based in part on his observations and experiences during that time, is currently under development.

Graduating in 2000 with an Honours Degree in Computer Aided Engineering and Design, Peter chose to remain in Sheffield, and began his career as an Engineering Designer. One of Peter’s greatest advantages is that his professional career covers a broad range of disciplines, from aerospace to architectural, and the ability to communicate technical information in a form which can be understood by the layman.

2005 witnessed a second major turning point in Peter’s life, when he travelled to America for the Burning Man festival in Nevada. Peter has since described his trip as a modern-day walkabout, the lessons from which he is still digesting to this day. Returning from his travels, Peter began modelling for Decline Gothica, in part to assist him coming to terms with past surgery.

The following year, Peter joined Pennyblackmusic’s online music magazine, where he regularly reviews albums and interviews bands. Although a harsh critic, Peter is uncompromisingly honest, which he believes gives his reviews a greater sense of verisimilitude. Peter’s first assignment was to interview the Alabama 3, and he would later interview Mike Monroe (Hanoi Rocks), Julie Westlake (Hydrogyn), and Wednesday 13. Having since interviewed Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, who strongly influenced him during his formative years, the person Peter would most like to interview is Shirley Manson of Garbage.

Peter’s focus has always been his writing. He would often write fictional character biographies, and post film reviews through his online journal. In 2006 Peter enjoyed his first published article, which chronicled his experiences travelling America with Crohns Disease for ia Journal.

Peter currently lives in Derbyshire, with his wife, daughter, rabbits, gerbils, and fish.

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