Who am I?

I write features, interviews and opinion pieces about technology, culture and everything in between for some of the biggest names in the media.

I rarely write about breaking stories or use press releases. Instead, the stories I write are usually exclusives, original ideas or creative takes on existing stories.

My work has appeared regularly in BBC Future, The Guardian, the I paper/ The Independent,  Wired and The Economist. My byline has also appeared in The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, UnHerd, Raconteur, Warwick Business School’s Core magazine and The Daily Telegraph.

My first piece for The Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine Across the channel in a Nazi Helicopter has now been published.

Over the last three years

Now my first book is due to be published  by HarperCollins on August 31, 2021 in the United States. N-4 DOWN: the Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia is available for preorder worldwide.

I was lucky enough to be able to write about one of the stories that I stumbled across while writing my book for the BBC. You can find it here.

My literary agent is the amazing Erin Cox at Rob Weisbach Creative Management,

I am currently working on a proposal for my second book.

I love moderating events, which include

  • interviewing leading British edtech entrepreneur George Burgess, now Director of Innovation at The Telegraph, live on stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
  • chairing a panel discussion for Byte the Book on New Writing: What Opportunities Are There For Authors On Today’s Platforms?
  • chairing a panel discussion for Byte the Book on Machine Thinking: How is AI impacting the creative industries?

With the rest of my time, I try and give something back to the world by teaching.

If you want to contact me, my email is mpiesing at gmail.com.

I am @MarkPiesing on Twitter. DM me.

You can also message me on LinkedIn.

2 comments

  1. Dear Mark, I’ve just read your article “Inside the Classroom of the Future” on Publishing Perspectives. It was very interesting and I would like to invite you to write in our academic blog “Waiting for an echo” (from Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia Press) a short article about what you call “hybrid textbooks” to delve a bit more into it, if possible. We would appreciate it if you could send us your email address where we can send you the Guidelines to publish in our blog: http://esperandoeleco.ucc.edu.co/en/. Looking forward to your reply.

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  2. Mark, Hi. I enjoyed your article ‘Fuel of the Future’ in Tuesday’s ‘i’ (20.12.2016) – about Biofuels as a possible, if controversial, replacement for aircraft fuels. Since then I read some of your other pieces with interest – while looking for your email address – this is as close as I could get. Good luck with your popular tech book – I was recently at Radical Technology Revisited – 40th anniversary of a book by the editors of Undercurrents magazine. In their review of 40 years they mentioned that they had failed to predict solar photovoltaics – and they had predicted the hydrogen economy but it had not yet materialised. Fair game – at the time a solar PV roof might have cost quarter of a million pounds, while I bought a 3 bedroom flat in London in 1976 for £14,000. And a hydrogen economy requires cheap solar energy. The convergence of these is best described in John Bockris’s visionary 1975 book ‘Energy, the Solar Hydrogen Alternative’. He foresees a time when low surplus cost solar electricity will be used to make cheap hydrogen, and that – inter alia – this will replace ‘natural gas’ (methane) for winter heat. And it becomes an aircraft fuel – the biggest thing is that hydrogen has three times the energy density of aircraft fuel – extending range and payloads while eliminating pollution. He proposes a slurry of liquid / solid hydrogen stored in the wings, and as it evaporates it can cool the wings, allowing faster speeds (including supersonic) with cheaper wings (aluminium vs. titanium). The development of composites and aerogels (super insulators) would make all this more feasible and likely. Biofuels for aircraft are a first step to sustainable air travel – but messy for all the reasons you give. Hydrogen requires new designs, by may be the answer in the long haul.

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