Dmitry Orlov is the author of the award-winning book Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects, and numerous essays published on his blog, ClubOrlov.com. Born in Russia, he moved to the US as a teenager, and has travelled back repeatedly to observe the Soviet collapse during the late eighties and mid-nineties. He is an engineer who has worked in many fields, including high-energy Physics research, e-commerce, and Internet security. Recently, he has been experimenting with off-grid living and renewable energy by giving up the house and the car. Instead, he has been living on a sailboat, sailing it up and down the Eastern Seaboard, and commuting by bicycle. Dmitry believes that, given appropriate technology, we can greatly reduce personal resource consumption while remaining perfectly civilised.