John Barth jr. was born in Maryland, the son of the novelist John Barth, and spent his childhood in rural Pennsylvania. He attended MIT to pursue interests in artificial intelligence, and became absorbed in international relief efforts and education. He has written two novels, several articles on sailing, numerous essays on public policy, and engineering papers.
The author values relationships with thoughtful and benevolent persons of all groups, and seeks to advance truth and justice for all, encouraging broad sympathy and understanding by making accessible in literature those experiences which in life are too uncommon, disordered, or harmful to be widely shared and educational. Of course, the opinions of characters in his work may not reflect his own, and any resemblance of the fictional characters to actual persons is purely coincidental.