October 2017:

I’m the founder, in 1997, of Locus Online, an online version of Locus Magazine, the trade journal of the science fiction publishing industry. I was webmaster and online ‘editor-in-chief’ of the site until October 2017, when the Locus Magazine staff redesigned the site and took over day to day control; I still contribute some content. I won a Hugo Award for the site in 2002, when the World Science Fiction Convention, that hosts the Hugos, included a special one-time category that year for Best Web Site. (The photo at the link shows me standing next to two of the actors from the first Lord of the Rings movie, which also won a Hugo that year.)

I am retired as an aerospace software engineer, after working 30 years full-time for a company called Rocketdyne, owned over that period by a succession of corporations: Rockwell International, then Boeing, then Pratt & Whitney. Currently it’s owned by Aerojet and known as Aerojet Rocketdyne. I wrote, rewrote, and maintained software for the Space Shuttle Main Engines, for the International Space Station power distribution system, and for other projects. In addition, for much my career I specialized in process improvement, including statistical process control and process maturity standards established by the Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI).

Back to science fiction: I wrote a monthly review column for Locus Magazine from 1988 to 2001, and established a science fiction awards index on the Locus Online site in 2000 that recently (2012) migrated to its own domain at This site is still in development, with additional material beyond awards data to be added.

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