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Geoffrey Leslie Simons (23 November 1939 – 31 August 2011), best known as Geoff L. Simons was a British freelance writer. In the 1980s, he was chief editor at the National Computing Centre in Manchester. A prolific author of non-fiction, he wrote books about sex, computers and politics, particularly the history of the Middle East.

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CareerEdit

Geoff Simons was born in Stockport, and lived in or around Greater Manchester throughout his life. He worked as an Information Officer at several companies, as well as working as a technical author and editor.[1] He wrote hardware and software manuals at Ferranti and ICL. As Chief Editor at the NCC, he established Computer Journal Abstracts and wrote summaries for over 20,000 computer articles.[2]

Simons was a critic of US foreign policy, regarding sanctions against Iraq in the 1990s as genocide,[3] and the United States as "a plutocracy that shapes foreign policy in the cynical calculation of elitist commercial advantage".[4] In later life he was a frequent correspondent to newspapers, seeing his letters published in The Times,[5] the Sunday Times,[6] The Independent,[7] The Guardian,[8] the New Statesman,[9] and the Morning Star.[10] He died on 31 August 2011. He was survived by his widow, Christine, children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.[11]

SkepticismEdit

Simons was an atheist and skeptic. He was a member of Greater Manchester Humanists. In his book Is God a Programmer?, he defended atheism and criticized the argument from design.

WorksEdit

  • Sex in the modern world, 1970.
  • A history of sex, 1970.
  • Sex tomorrow, 1971.
  • Does sex make you feel guilty?, 1972.
  • Pornography without prejudice: a reply to objectors, 1972.
  • A place for pleasure: the history of the brothel, 1973.
  • The witchcraft world, 1974.
  • The Simons book of sexual records, 1975.
  • Introducing microprocessors, 1979.
  • Robots in industry, 1980.
  • The uses of microprocessors, 1980.
  • Introducing word processing, 1981.
  • Women in computing, 1981.
  • The illustrated book of sexual records, 1982. Second ed., 1985.
  • Privacy in the computer age, 1982.
  • Computers in engineering and manufacture, 1982.
  • The book of world sexual records, 1983.
  • Sex and superstition, 1983.
  • Are computers alive? Evolution and new life forms, 1983.
  • Automating your office, 1984.
  • Computer bits and pieces: a compendium of curiosities, 1984.
  • Expert systems and micros, 1985.
  • Towards fifth-generation computers, 1986.
  • Is man a robot, 1986.
  • Introducing artificial intelligence, 1984.
  • The biology of computer life: survival, emotion and free will, 1985.
  • Silicon shock: the menace of the computer invasion, 1985.
  • (with R. T. Doswell) Fraud and abuse of IT systems, 1986.
  • Eco-computer: the impact of global intelligence, 1987.
  • What is software engineering?, 1987.
  • Introducing software engineering, 1987.
  • Evolution of the intelligent machine: a popular history of AI, 1988.
  • Is God a programmer?: religion in the computer age, 1988.
  • Silicon psychosis: derangement in the global network, 1989.
  • Viruses, bugs and star wars: the hazards of unsafe computing, 1989.
  • Robots: the quest for living machines, . New ed., 1994.
  • Robots and robotics, 1992.
  • Libya: the struggle for survival, 1993. 2nd ed. (with foreword by Tam Dalyell), 1996.
  • Iraq: from Sumer to Saddam, 1994. Foreword by Tony Benn. 2nd ed., 1996. 3rd ed., 2003.
  • The United Nations: a chronology of conflict, 1994.
  • Korea: the search for sovereignty, 1995, Reprinted with foreword by Tony Benn, 1999.
  • UN malaise: power, problems, and realpolitik, 1995.
  • Cuba: from conqistador to Castro, 1996.
  • The scourging of Iraq : sanctions, law, and natural justice, 1996. 2nd ed., 1998.
  • Vietnam syndrome: impact on US foreign policy, 1998. Foreword by Tony Benn.
  • Saudi Arabia: the shape of a client feudalism, 1998.
  • Iraq – primus inter pariahs: A crisis chronology, 1999.
  • Imposing legal sanctions: legal remedy or genocidal tool?, 1999.
  • Indonesia: the long oppression, 1999.
  • UN Reform: Addressing the Reality of American Power', Global Dialogue, Vol. 2., No. 2 (Spring 2000)
  • Targeting Iraq: sanctions and bombing in US policy, 2002.
  • Future Iraq: US policy in reshaping the Middle East, 2003.
  • Colombia: a brutal history, 2004.
  • Libya and the West: from independence to Lockerbie, 2004. Foreword by Tony Benn.
  • Iraq endgame?: surge, suffering and the politics of denial, 2008.
  • Time to be rational: Darwin, demons and sex., 2009.
  • Nuclear nightmares, 2009.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Simons, Geoff (1984). Are Computers Alive?: Evolution and New Life Forms. Corgi Books. p. 3. ISBN 978-0-552-99093-6. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ Simons, G. L. (1982). Computers in engineering and manufacture. NCC Publications. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-85012-347-0. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  3. ^ Letter: Iraqis killed by sanctions, The Independent, 1 August 1997
  4. ^ Letters Archived 4 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Global Dialogue, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Autumn 2000)
  5. ^ Letters to the editor of The Times, 23 February 2004, 13 March 2004, 19 September 2005.
  6. ^ Letter to the editor of the Sunday Times, 7 September 2003.
  7. ^ Letters to the editor of The Independent, 18 October 1993, 19 January 1996, 7 February 1997, 1 August 1997, 14 August 1997, 2 September 1997, 15 October 1998, 14 January 2002, 27 March 2002, 6 April 2002, 5 September 2002, 21 August 2003.
  8. ^ Letters to the editor of The Guardian, 6 July 1994, 8 January 2008, 3 March 2009, 7 April 2009, 25 April 2009, 19 August 2009, 4 September 2009, 21 September 2009, 23 July 2010, 27 July 2010, 23 April 2011, 3 May 2011.
  9. ^ Letters to the editor of the New Statesman, 28 February 2005, 6 June 2005, 19 September 2005, 7 November 2005, 6 February 2006, 21 December 2009, 4 January 2010, 18 February 2010.
  10. ^ Letters to the editor of the Morning Star, 7 January 2006, 22 March 2006, 6 April 2006.
  11. ^ Guy Oten, Geoff Simons, 2 September 2011