About the Authors
is a marine biologist who has conducted research from the Arctic to the
Antarctic and has published extensively on marine-mammal and fisheries issues.
He developed computer programs in association with these studies to simplify
real-time data entry, validation, and analysis that substantially enhanced the
quality of the research. He has also had a long-standing relationship with
Microsoft: Prior to co-authoring 16 books about Microsoft Windows, Word, and
Office, he was the technical editor for numerous books published by Microsoft
Press, and he wrote manuals, help files, and specifications for various
Microsoft products. Jerry is a Seattle Audubon volunteer and is involved in
citizen-science programs, as well as consulting on oil-spill prevention and
response, aquatic invasive species, and the restoration of Puget Sound.
has worked in the publishing world for many years as proofreader, editor, and
writer—sometimes all three simultaneously. She has been proofreading and editing
Microsoft Press books since 1984 and has written and edited documentation for
Microsoft products such as Microsoft Works, Flight Simulator, Space Simulator,
Golf, Publisher, the Microsoft Mouse, and Greetings Workshop. In another life,
she was chief cook and bottlewasher for her own catering service and wrote
weekly food and cooking articles for several East Coast newspapers. When she's
not chained to her computer, she likes gardening, cooking, traveling, writing,
and knitting sweaters for tiny dogs. She volunteers for Seattle Audubon’s
History Committee, and there’s a children’s book in her head that she hopes will
find its way out one of these days.
Marianne and Jerry own and operate Moon
Joyce Resources, a small consulting company. They've been friends for 28
years, have worked together for 24 years, and have been married for 18 years.
They are deeply committed to improving the
current state of our world. Therefore, in addition to their volunteer
activities, they have pledged a portion of the proceeds from their books to
Corps and to