About Franklin

What to say about me?

Hmm, where to start? Okay: Let's start with the fact that I'm pierced, tattooed, kinky, and polyamorous; I take pictures, spin fire, and dabble in electronics; and I've been known to blow up donuts.

Work and Play

I am a writer, a computer programmer, and a sex educator and activist.

I am coauthor of the book More Than Two: A practical guide to ethical polyamory and Black Iron, a quasi-sorta-steampunk novel of humorous treachery and conspiracy set in an alternate 19th-century London with airships and undead; and author of The Game Changer: A memoir of disruptive love.


I am a serial entrepreneur and own or co-own several businesses, including Tacit Assumptions, the parent company of Symtoys and maker of the sex game Onyx; Thorntree Press, a publishing company specializing in non-fiction books about alternative sexualities; and Tacit Pleasures, a tech startup investigating ways to use nonsurgical neural stimulation to assist trans* people in having the experience of a body that matches their sexual identity. I speak at conferences and events about polyamory, ethics, BDSM, and human sexuality.

I've been a computer hacker since the late 1970's, when I got my first TRS-80 Model I (and a 300 baud modem!).

Religion and Philosophy

I'm an atheist, which means I have never seen any compelling reason to believe that there is a god or gods running around taking an interest in human activities, and I don't make a habit of believing things without some sort of reason to suppose that they are true.

I am a transhumanist. I believe that the universe operates according to principles which are knowable, observable, and comprehensible; and that rational and analytical thought, combined with experimentation and empirical observation, are tools with which those fundamental principles can be understood. I believe that constantly challenging ideas, including these ideas, is a necessary and vital part of understanding the natural world, and that those who do not challenge their own ideas are fundamentally and fatally handicapped in their ability to progress.

Home Life

I am a BDSM switch (a who what? Visit my BDSM page if that doesn't make sense to you); I'm mostly dominant, but not always.

Want to know more? Read my blog!

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