Zain Humayun grew up reading and playing football in Islamabad, a city nestled in the Himalayan foothills. In his science books at school, he discovered electricity and the water-cycle — phenomena as enchanting as the magic in his fantasy novels. At the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Zain grappled with integrals in physics before switching to computer science, attracted by the discipline’s unrelenting emphasis on logical clarity. His classes on networks, algorithms and artificial intelligence offered a close look at the inner workings of the Internet. After being inspired by a creative writing class with novelist Bilal Tanweer, Zain returned to his computer science coursework with a renewed interest in storytelling, and the human lives affected by big tech, automation, and algorithmic bias. As a writer, Zain hopes to address the gap between the world’s understanding of computers, and our ever-growing dependence on them.