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About meStarted out as a librarian - I worked at the British Library as a Cataloguer and the Science Museum as Deputy Systems Manager. Got into academia as a lecturer in library and information studies at Leeds Polytechnic, then went to Loughborough University, then back to Leeds Metropolitan. I am now at Strathclyde University in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, where I lecture on information management and librianship courses. I am a member of CILIP (the professional association for librarians in the UK).
About my libraryI buy all my science fiction from the very wonderful Transreal, located at 46 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh. It features in Ken Macleod's novel The Restoration game.
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Favorite authorsBrian W. Aldiss, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, J. G. Ballard, Iain Banks, Stephen Baxter, Barrington J. Bayley, Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, Chris Beckett, Gregory Benford, Alfred Bester, Michael Bishop, Terry Bisson, James P. Blaylock, James Blish, John Boyd, Damien Broderick, Eric Brown, John Brunner, Algis Budrys, Octavia E. Butler, Richard Calder, C. J. Cherryh, Ted Chiang, John Christopher, Arthur C. Clarke, David G. Compton, Michael G. Coney, John Crowley, Tony Daniel, Jack Dann, Samuel R. Delany, Bradley Denton, Philip K. Dick, Thomas M. Disch, Jacek Dukaj, Greg Egan, Harlan Ellison, Christopher Evans, Philip José Farmer, Neil Ferguson, Michael Flynn, Jeffrey Ford, Daniel F. Galouye, Mary Gentle, William Gibson, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Richard Grant, Colin Greenland, Russell M. Griffin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, M. John Harrison, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Robert Holdstock, Barry Hughart, Kij Johnson, Gwyneth Jones, Walter M. Miller, Jr., Richard Kadrey, Daniel Keyes, Garry Kilworth, C. M. Kornbluth, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Stanisław Lem, Jonathan Lethem, Ian R. MacLeod, Ken MacLeod, Phillip Mann, Wil McCarthy, Jack McDevitt, Ian McDonald, Sean McMullen, Pat Murphy, Jamil Nasir, Kim Newman, George Orwell, Alexei Panshin, Paul Park, Marge Piercy, Frederik Pohl, Tim Powers, Christopher Priest, Hannu Rajaniemi, David Redd, Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Adam Roberts, Keith Roberts, Kim Stanley Robinson, Justina Robson, Rudy Rucker, Mary Doria Russell, Joanna Russ, Richard Paul Russo, Geoff Ryman, Hilbert Schenck, Karl Schroeder, Bob Shaw, Robert Sheckley, Lucius Shepard, Lewis Shiner, Robert Silverberg, Dan Simmons, John Sladek, Norman Spinrad, Brian Stableford, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, Charles Stross, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Theodore Sturgeon, Tricia Sullivan, Michael Swanwick, Rachel Swirsky, Lavie Tidhar, Wilson Tucker, George Turner, Catherynne M. Valente, A. E. van Vogt, John Varley, Vernor Vinge, Howard Waldrop, Jo Walton, Ian Watson, Peter Watts, Stanley G. Weinbaum, H. G. Wells, Scott Westerfeld, Liz Williams, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis, Robert Charles Wilson, Gene Wolfe, Jack Womack, John Wyndham, E. Lily Yu, Roger Zelazny, David Zindell (Shared favorites)
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