Ray Crowther was born in London and now lives in Tiptree, Essex.
He read Cybernetics and Mathematics at Reading University and then developed computer systems in England and Germany before starting his own company specializing in human resources software.
During his systems career he had technical papers published and wrote more reference manuals than he can remember. He maintains that the exacting discipline of technical authoring prepared him well for a creative change into fiction writing. He cites Robert Goddard as his favourite author and biggest influence on his own writing style.
Ray’s first novel, The Nearest FarAway Place (ISBN: 9780954111007), was published in 2001. The second, Panglossian (ISBN: 9780954111014), in 2002 and was awarded a Golgonooza Medal of Merit. After a writing gap during which he sold his company and retired to the countryside, he completed Schoolfrenz (ISBN: 9780954111038), in 2005. Changing genre from thriller to science fiction, Thalamorph (ISBN: 9780954111021) was eventually published in 2017 after a research visit to New Zealand.
When he is not writing, Ray can be found walking and jogging his local lanes and footpaths (where most of his fiction ideas evolve), cycling, geocaching (under the pseudonym of “Mr Crow”), competing in motor rallies (“Crow”), organizing table-top rallies, writing software, and designing web applications.
He connects the achievements in his life to running: running a successful company; running around after his two daughters, Caroline and Rebecca; and running the London Marathon.