About Me

April 2014:

I’m the editor and webmaster for Locus Online, the online presence of Locus Magazine, the trade journal of the science fiction publishing industry. We publish news about the field, reviews of current books, interviews with veteran and new authors, and exhaustive bibliographic listings of newly published books and magazines. I founded the site in 1997, and won a Hugo Award for it in 2002. (The photo shows me standing next to two of the actors from the first Lord of the Rings movie, which also won a Hugo that year.) There is much more content in the magazine than on the site, but the site has some material (movie reviews, listings of newly published books by week, etc.) not available in the magazine.

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 sfadb.com. This site is still in development, with additional material beyond awards data to be added.

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