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, and my first book has just been published.


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 Barron’s, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine, UnHerd, Raconteur, Warwick Business School’s Core magazine and The Daily Telegraph. I have also written about publishing for the Frankfurt Book Fair owned Publishing Perspectives, and covered the London and Frankfurt Book Fair for them.

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


My first book N-4 DOWN: the hunt for the Arctic airship Italia was published at the end of August in the United States by New York based  Custom House Books, an imprint of William Morrow/ HarperCollins. The Italian rights for N-4 DOWN have been sold to Corbaccio, part of the Mauri Spagnol group, one of Italy’s largest publishers. Here is a Publisher’s Weekly profile of the group.

N-4 DOWN has

  • received very good reviews, including one by The Wall Street Journal
  • had extracts published on LitHub/ CrimeReads, Engadget.com and The Daily Beast.
  • was one of LitHub’s 13 boots to add your TBR pile this week.
  • a Hot New Release and Bestseller on Amazon in the United States in the target categories of the History of the Arctic and Antarctic, and the History of Aviation.
  • led so far to 6 podcast and radio interviews, nearly all on nationally syndicated shows.

Prior to its publication, a dream came true when I  gave a virtual talk for New York’s world famous The Explorers Club (est.1904). You can see the talk here. 

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

It’s Palin v Piesin

I love speaking at and moderating events, and appearing on radio and podcast, which include

  • online talk for The Explorer’s Club, New York, on N-4 DOWN: the search for the Arctic airship Italia.
  • radio show/ podcasts which include CBS Window on the World with John Batchelor (pre-recorded, 40 minutes), Bruce Dorminey’s Cosmic Controversy podcast (50 minutes), and The Ron Seggi Show (live, 10 minutes).
  • interviewing leading British edtech entrepreneur George Burgess, now Director of Innovation at The Telegraph, live on stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair for Publishing Perspective..
  • 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.


  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.


  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.


  3. Dan Akroyd did a film on the Arrow fighter. i thought it was fictional until I saw your article. The US aircraft industry has a hand in the cancellation. But why destroy the prototypes, the blue prints, etc? the destruction of knowledge may be one of the worst things we do.


  4. Nice article on the Avro Arrow. You must be a closet Canadian or serious aerospace buff. Hard to say if Dan Aykroyd’s portrayal of Crawford Gordon was accurate. He was portrayed as being very closely allied with the Liberal government of the day. My take is that if Gordon had done a bit of ass kissing & told Diefenbaker history would remember him as visionary & patriot, yada, yada, it might have gone the other way. Had we not given our resources away for the last 150 years, we might even have been able to afford it.


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