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Carac started playing with PET and Tandy computers when he was a young teen. He learned to write on a Commodore 64 but he was never much of a programmer. It was the connections the computers made possible that interested him: the connections between people alone in the dark listening to the strange music of modems, the pirated games they shared and the bulletin boards they chatted on before the internet. At York University Carac studied English Literature. He read modernist and contemporary novelists but his main interest was always the detective genre. He wrote about the works of Raymond Chandler, H.P. Lovecraft and William Gibson. While studying in Toronto he fell in love with the theater. Unable to afford the ticket prices as an impoverished undergrad he became a reviewer for a small magazine called Scene. This made it possible for him to see almost everything that came to the stage. His first play, Luck is a Lady, was produced in his freshmen year at Calumet College. Finished his undergraduate degree, Carac started working for the University of Western Ontario as a low level clerk. Soon after he began transforming paper forms into web forms. This streamlined service delivery and brought an office still dependent on microfiche and stamps into the right century. He went on to found the Web and IT Team in Student Services. He has directed projects on database security, electronic data interchange, mobile devices and distributed online identity. For too many years following the performance of his first play, Carac had amateur workshops and small productions of his dramatic works. These titles were always focused on adult relationships in the blossoming age of the internet—hidden love, secretive lust and virtual sex. He was a finalist in Theatre BC’s national playwriting competition with Cardboard Boxes. But professional success on the stage never came for him. For his Masters in the Philosophy of Education Carac studied the psychology of crime in the HBO prison drama Oz. And he wrote about how technology is changing concepts of value in higher education. Carac now lives in London Canada with his wife Beth and their children.