I didnt know anything about him, until I heard he passed on the TWIT podcast, where they played back short clips of his interviews; he was fun an funny to listen tohttps://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-tech ... tart=false
I then did more reading on him.
He was the first author to write a novel on a computer.
He did this on his PC named "Ezekial", whom he called his old friend who happened to be a Z-80, ran at 1 MHZ, featured 2 64-Kilobyte 8” floppy disks, and 64 Kilobytes of memory.
He pulled the Z-80 out of storage, and revived it at the request of the Smithsonian Museum. The Smithsonian only wanted him for a display as the first computer to have been used to write a science fiction novel, For years he was in the hall of communications and computers, next to an old Imsai 8080.
"For several years I used to say to people How many people have you met who have their personal computer on display at the Smithsonian? In future the answer will be all of them.”
Source:https://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosman ... rocessing/