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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).

Outside of work I read mainly science fiction (but will stray outside the genre) and play boardgames/wargames. I was a member of the International Gamers Awards Historical Simulations Committee. I am a member of the British Science Fiction Association joining a long, long time ago....

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.

My SF Library paperback to buy want list (01/08/14)

Peter Ackroyd - Hawksmoor
Brian Aldiss - Hothouse, Non-Stop
Nina Allan - The silver wind, Stardust: The Ruby Castle Stories
Roger MacBride Allen - The Ring of Charon
John Barnes - Directive 51
Neal Barret - Slightly Off Center: Eleven Extraordinarily Exhilarating Tales Through Darkest America, Dawn's Uncertain Light
Stephen Baxter - Reality Dust/Making History,
Vacuum diagrams, Proxima
Iain M. Banks - The Hydrogen Sonata
Ned Beauman - The Teleportation Accident
Gregory Benford & Larry Niven- Bowl of Heaven/Shipstar
Robert Jackson Bennett - American Elsewhere
Lauren Beukes - Moxyland
Michael Bishop - Brittle innings
Ryan Boudinot - Blueprints of the Afterlife
Lois McMaster Bujold - Mirror
James L. Cambias - A Darkling Sea,
Raphael Carter - The Fortunate Fall,
C. J. Cherryh - Alternate Realities
Ernest Cline - Ready Player One
James S. A. Corey - Leviathan Wakes
Paul Cornell - Something more, British summertime
Moira Crone - The Not Yet
Julie E. Czerneda - Survival
Samuel R. Delany - Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
Candas Jane Dorsey - Black Wine
To EnJoe - Self Reference ENGINE
Kelley Eskridge - Solitaire
Neil Ferguson - Putting Out, Double Helix Fall
Jeffrey Ford - Memoranda, Beyond
Karen Joy Fowler - What I didn's see
Mary Gentle - Left to His Own Devices
Lisa Goldstein - Uncertain Places
Kathleen Ann Goonan - Mississippi Blues, Light Music
Daryl Gregory - Devil's alphabet, Raising Stony Mayhall
James Gunn - This Fortress World
Paula Guran - After The End: Recent Apocalypses
Sarah Hall - Carhullan army
Mark Hodder - Burton and Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
Nick Harkaway - Gone-away world, Angelmaker
Simon Ings - Wolves,
Alexander Jablokov - Carve the Sky, A Deeper Sea, Nimbus, Deepdrive
Kameron Hurley - God's war
Wolfgang Jeschke - The Last Day of Creation
Gwyneth Jones - Universe of things
Graham Joyce - The silent land
Stephen King - 11.22.63
David Kowalski - The company of the dead
Fritz Leiber - The big time, The wanderer
Paul Levinson - The Plot to Save Socrates,
Unburning Alexandria
M. J. Locke - Up Against It
Paul Mcauley - The Secret of Life,
Reality Dust/Making History, Stories From The Quiet War (ebooks)
Wil McCarthy - Murder in the Solid State, Love Minus Eighty
Ian MacDonald - Hopeland, Luna
Michael A. McCollum - A Greater Infinity
Maureen F McHugh - After the Apocalypse
David Masson – The Caltraps of Time
Aliens: Recent Encounters, edited by Alex Dally MacFarland
John Meaney - Paradox
China Mieville - Railsea
Walter M. Miller Jr - Dark Benediction
David Mitchell - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Michael Moorcock - Behold the man and other stories, The black corridor, Byzantium Endures, The ice schooner
John Morressy (Del Whitby trilogy) Starbrat, Nail Down the Stars (aka Stardrift), Under a Calculating Star
Linda Nagata - The Bohr Maker
Kim Newman - Anno Dracula, The Hound of the Durbervilles
Kevin O’Donnell - Mayflies
Charles Oberndorf - Foragers
Félix J. Palma - The Map of Time
Stephen Palmer - Memory seed
K. J. Parker - The Hammer
Garth Powell - The recollection
Tim Powers - Strange Itineraries, The Bible Repairman
Robrt Reed - The memory of sky
Keith Roberts - The inner wheel
Robots: The Recent A.I.
Justina Robson - Heliotrope
Mary Rosenblum - Chimera
Lucius Shepard - Barnacle Bill the Spacer and Other Stories/Beast of the Heartland, and Other Stories, Lucius Shepard - The Dragon Griaule
John Sladek - The Complete Roderick
Brian Francis Slattery - Lost Everything
Cordwainer Smith - The Rediscovery of Man
James Smythe - The Explorer
Brian Stableford - The Realms of Tartarus, Fountains of youth, Dark Ararat, Omega expedition, Designer Genes, The Undead, Les Fleurs du Mal and Swan Songs: The Complete Hooded Swan Collection
Neal Stephenson - Quicksilver, Confusion, System of the world, Reamde
Boris and Arkady Strugatsky - Monday begins on Saturday
Sherry S. Tepper - Grass
Walter Tevis - Mockingbird
Ian Tregillis - Bitter Seeds
E.C. Tubb - The Best Science Fiction of E.C. Tubb
Jack Vance - The Blue world, Lyonesse, The Dragon Masters, The Jack Vance Treasury, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel’s Saga, Rhialto the Marvelous
Ian Whates - Solaris 1.5 (July 2012 ebook)
Liz Williams/Tanith Lee - A glass of shadow
Connie Willis - Blackout, All clear
Ben Winters - The last policeman
Gene Wolfe - On Blue's waters/In Green's jungles, Return to the Whorl, Pirate Freedom
Jack Womack - Going going gone
Roger Zelazny - Lord of light

Twelve Tomorrows edited by Stephen Cass
Brian Aldiss - Finches of Mars
The Best of Kage Baker
Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr.
Stephen Baxter - Last And First Contacts: v. 2: Imaginings, Proxima and Ultima, Universes
Paolo Bacigalupi - The Water Knife
Lauren Beukes - The Shining Girls
Michael Bishop - The Door Gunner
James Blaylock - The Aylesford Skull
Liu Cixin - The Three-Body Problem
Paul Di Filippo - After the Collapse
Jeffrey Ford - Crackpot Palace
Karen Joy Fowler - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Ioanna Bourazopoulou - What Lot's Wife Saw
Neil Gaiman - The ocean at the end of the lane
Nicola Griffith - Cold Wind
Kathleen Ann Goonan - This shared dream, Angels and you dogs
James Gunn - Transcendental
Elizabeth Hand - Errantry
Michael Flynn - On the Razor's Edge, Captive Dreams
Paula Guran - After The End: Recent Apocalypses
Leigh Kennedy - Wind angels
Rich Horton - Space opera [2013 collection?]
Wolfgang Jeschke - The Cusanus Game
Torsten Krol - The secret book of sacred things
Tantih Lee - Space is just a starry, starry night
Yoon Ha Lee - Conservation of Shadows
Ian Mcdonald - Luna, Hopeland
Ian R. MacLeod - Breathmoss, Song of time, Summer isles, Journeys, Wake Up and Dream, The Reparateur of Strasbourg
Snodgrass and Other Illusions
Ken MacLeod - Descent
Paul Mcauley - Little machines, Stories from the Quiet War (Kindle), A Very British History: The Best Science Fiction Stories of Paul McAuley, 1985-2011
Aliens: Recent Encounters edited by Alex Dally MacFarland
Jamil Nasir - Tunnel Out of Death
The Cassandra Project - Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick
Ruth Ozeki - A Tale for the Time Being
Paul Park - All Those Vanished Engines
Tim Powers - American Fantastic Tales, Salvage and Demolition
Leonard Richardson - Constellation Games
Kit Reed - The Story Until Now, Son of Destruction
Robert Reed - Eater-of-Bone and Other Novellas, The memory of sky, The great ship
Alastair Reynolds - Deep Navigation, Troika, On the Steel Breeze
Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea - Adam Roberts
Kim Stanley Robinson - Shaman
Rudy Rucker - Turing & Burroughs
Geoff Ryman - Paradise Tales
Karl Schroeder - Lockstep
Lucius Shepard – Five Autobiographies and a Fiction
James Smythe - The Explorer, The machine
Bruce Sterling - Caryatids, Gothic High-Tech
Jonathan Strahan - Godlike Machines, Edge of Infinity. Reach for Infinity
Charles Stross - Scratch monkey, Rhesus chart
Rachel Swirsky - How the World Became Quiet
Lavie Tidhar - Martian sands (ebook), The Violent Century
Catherynne M. Valente - Deathless Edge of Infinity
Jeff VanderMeer - Acceptance
Howard Waldrop - Horse of a Different Color
Walter Jon Williams - Green leopard plague, The Boolean Gate
Jo Walton - Lifelode, My real children
Ian Watson - Saving for a Sunny Day
Peter Watts - Echopraxia
Andy Weir - The Martian
Robert Charles Wilson - Burning Paradise
Gene Wolfe - The Land Across

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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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