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CollectionsYour library (2,283), Audio CDs (312), Currently reading (9), To read (610), To read for school (10), Exam reading (106), Books I've taught (40), My writing (6), Read but unowned (398), Borrowed from the library (295), Borrowed from James (20), Borrowed from Hayley (10), Borrowed from Catherine (9), Borrowed from other (16), Downloaded (186), Picks of the Month (58), All collections (3,163)

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About meI'm a doctoral student in literature and teaching assistant at the University of Connecticut, studying the depiction of science & technology in literature. Hopefully someday I'll write my dissertation, but that's a ways off. I'm married to fellow LTer Hayley.

I'm also a barely published author; with my secret writing partner Michael Schuster, I have published or will publish five pieces of Star Trek fiction:
- the electronic novella S.C.E. #62: What's Past, Book Two: The Future Begins
- two short stories in The Next Generation: The Sky's the Limit, titled "Meet with Triumph and Disaster" and "Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You"
- the short novel The Tears of Eridanus, in the collection Myriad Universes: Shattered Light
- the full-length original series novel A Choice of Catastrophes

Flying solo, I've got one other fiction credit:
- the short story "Frank Reade Jr.'s Electric Time Canoe; or, The Search for the Origins of Steampunk: A Remarkable Adventure in Time and Empire", in the anthology Wildthyme in Purple

I've also two academic publications to my name:
- "The War of the Worlds in the Boston Post and the Rise of American Imperialism: 'Let Mars Fire.'" English Literature in Transition 53.4 (2010): 387-412.
- "Space Travel in Science Fiction." Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction. Ed. Leigh Ronald Grossman. Rockville, MD: Wildside, 2011. 312-14.
- "Observing Observation: The Ethical Investigator in Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters." Gaskell Journal 27 (2013): 88-107.

About my libraryIt's a lot of tie-in fiction. Since 1999, I've bought almost every Star Trek book as it's come out, and the vast majority of Star Wars books as well. With Doctor Who, I'm much more picky and choosy because they're so dang expensive over here! Unfortunately, the ones I tend to pick and choose are the expensive ones!

I'm trying to expand my general sf and general literature reading, but it's hard to do when I can scarcely afford what I already do buy. I typically allow myself to visit the used bookstore and splurge at irregular intervals.

GroupsBug Collectors, Combiners!, Evolve!, Flash-Mob Cataloging, Librarything Series, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsM. T. Anderson, Isaac Asimov, L. Frank Baum, Octavia E. Butler, Italo Calvino, Wilkie Collins, Paul Cornell, Russell T. Davies, Diane Duane, Lawrence Durrell, C. S. Forester, Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth George, David Gerrold, Ursula K. Le Guin, Barbara Hambly, Thomas Hardy, Stanisław Lem, Lawrence Miles, Lance Parkin, Anne Sexton, E. E. Smith, Kris Straub, H. G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Jeanette Winterson, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresPaperback Trader IV, The Book Barn, UConn Co-op Bookstore

Favorite librariesArchives and Special Collections - Dodd Research Center (A University of Connecticut Library), Homer Babbidge Library (University of Connecticut Main Library)

Other favoritesUniversity of Connecticut - Children's Literature


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Real nameSteve Mollmann

LocationWillimantic, CT

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Member sinceDec 12, 2006

Currently readingDark Journey (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order) by Elaine Cunningham
Traitor (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order) by Matthew Stover
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Tales from the Clone Wars: Webcomic Collection, Season 1 (Star Wars) by Pablo Hidalgo
Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Volume 13 by Jim Shooter
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Burnett herself was a survivor of domestic violence - she left her abusive husband and forged a solid life for herself and her two boys. I think her experience entered into her characterizations of both Rosalie and Betty (and Nigel, of course.) Burnett often seems torn between her admiration for (and identification with) the "New Woman" (as they called it then) and her sentimental notions of the feminine Angel in the House. The Head of the House of Coombe and Robin - two novels that are really one - attribute both qualities to Robin, the heroine, in ways that make her seem positively schizophrenic. (She ends up being the quintessential Angel in the House.)
Just read your review of Frances Hodgson Burnett's the Shuttle. Great review (and by "great," I mean "I agreed with every word." ) Weirdly entertaining to discover such a powerful female character is Victorian fiction, right?
Super reviews of the Burnett novels.
I'm glad you like the books!
Just came across your review of Thus spoke Zarathustra. Hilarious and spot on!
Nice takedown of Rule of the Bone. Saved me a few. (Bones.)
Hi, I ve noticed you have the book "How the Doctor changed my life" . I checked on Amazon and it's available at the absurd price of 270£. I was wondering if you could sell it to me. I could afford a more reasonable price. Thank you
I look forward to the rest when I get home! The new X-Men:Misfits Manga was really bad! FYI
Thanks for the review of the Star Trek Manga. I stopped reading after Changeling (it was so bad) and didn't understand that there were four stories inside and with different authors. I will try the rest, you make them sound good: I'm interested in the other three: the "story that lets both Troi and Crusher shine in a way The Next Generation itself rarely did" and the "solid Riker story filling an interesting continuity gap" and the other follow up to a classic episode.
I don't think they missed it; I tried it out at The Book Depository just now--all three books together cost $26.66, so I guess they dropped the third one because of being too expensive. It's a shame, really: the book sounds interesting. I'll just have to get it myself (it's now on my list).
I should have known it was you. For a brief time after signing up I toyed with the idea, but then dismissed it as unlikely. That just shows I know nothing...

Anyway, thanks! Adam Bede's a hefty tome, isn't it? It's probably my second longest Penguin Classic, after Don Quixote. As for Stross, you picked that without ever having read any of his works yourself? Isn't that a bit risky?
I'm glad you like them. Happy Reading!
hello there i saw your thoughts on Dicken's (our mutual friend) i am studying it at the moment and finding it a tough read, would be really grateful if i could ask you a few things.
thank you.
False sir! I bought them myself!
Ha! You're right, the screenwriting book thing is funny. As it happens, all three are required textbooks for a class I'm taking this semester. I thought it was a bit odd that we have three screenwriting textbooks -- I hope they each have something unique to contribute. Thankfully, at least none of them were expensive!
Hi Steve! Good to hear from you. My "Chronological Star Trek Reading/Viewing Project" ending up going on a rather long hiatus awhile back (last official entries on the website I was keeping for it were dated January 2007). Like a lot of my little "projects", I ended up getting sidetracked by *other* projects and haven't gotten back to it yet. I plan to do so, eventually.

Other projects I've begun (and, in some cases, likewise have in a holding pattern):

-- all of my "V" (television series) novels/comics/DVDs in chronological order (2006 got about half way through all of the novels on that one before getting sidetracked)

-- post RETURN OF THE JEDI Star Wars novels/comics/etc. in chronological order (2007 project; barely got started on that one; had only read TRUCE AT BAKURA and THE BOUNTY HUNTER WARS trilogy before getting sidetracked)

-- 1863-1924 fiction/nonfiction/etc. reading project (just started earlier this year; part of larger, what I'm referring to as my "Master Crazy Reading/Viewing/Listening" project, picking four ranges of dates (1863-1924, 1925-1949, 1949-1980, 1980- ) and trying to read all of my own stuff (comics, novels, etc.) and everything else I can find from and about those time periods; started with 1863 and so far have read the first volume of Shelby Foote's THE CIVIL WAR, A NARRATIVE (nonfic about the period) and begun Verne's FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON)

-- comic book related (a.k.a., "superhero prose fiction") novels in original publishing order, more or less (just started; focusing primarily on DC and Marvel related; already have just about all of these but have actually read only a very few of them; spurred on by Wikipedia page I decided to create about the subject (go over to Wiki and type in "List of novels based on comics"); started with BATMAN VS. THREE VILLAINS OF DOOM (1966); I now need to go back and read Lowther's ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN (1942))

Otherwise, I've just been busy with work (summer is our busiest time of the year), life, etc. How about you? :)
That's what I plan to be doing when I move into my apartment - some of the new shelves are already up, and they need books on them. I may shelve all the Penguins next to each other, instead of intersperse them alphabetically with all the others.
Whenever I decide to buy an older novel, I try to get the Penguin Classics edition. I'm totally in love with their current design, and I have enough for them to really look good on the shelf.

Now I just need to read them ...
Gah, I wish there was a way to edit one's comments. tVFoM, obviously.
Nope, haven't read tCFoM yet, but I plan to do so in the summer. As we're on the subject already, what do you know about/think of The Invention of Tradition by Eric Hobsbawm? Or his Age of Capital and Age of Empire? Useful/not?
The reasons for buying Imagined Communities were a) I stumbled across it while looking for something else on Amazon and it sounded interesting, and b) it looks like it'll be valuable research material. After all, if you're going to build nations from scratch, it helps to know what holds them together and what separates them from each other.

Are you asking because you want to know how it is, or do you want to say that it's crap and I wasted my money? :P

Yes - I wrote a blog: and on there I said that the best
thing a prospective writer can do is read. By way of example, the books tagged 'eyeless'
are the books I read in the five months I was writing The Eyeless - some are directly
related, research and so on, and others are just what I was reading at the time.
Hi! Just happened to click on your profile because I saw your name over in Talk. Then I see you're a Star Trek writer! Cool! I wonder if you happened to catch the latest CSI (Las Vegas) episode where they have a murder at a Trekkie Convention. I laughed so!much! It was excellent.

Ok, so live long and prosper,
Collectorator :)

Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Butcher Boy, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also about a disturbed adolescent and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

I had a momentary blank when you mentioned 'Doctor Who: Thrilling adventures in time and space'. Yes it is an annual. In the UK it's titled as the the Doctor Who Annual 2006, while in Australia it's just Doctor Who (with) Thrilling Adventures in Time and Space at the bottom of the cover. Check out for info about both releases. The UK one is published by Panini, while the Australian one is published by ABC Books.
Yay! I didn't know he was going to keep at it with Comet. I'll keep following!!
Yay! Somebody else read and liked Mystery in Space. I squealed like a schoolgirl—inside—when I saw the TPBs at the local comic book store and flipped through and saw, no ... no, it couldn't be. THE WEIRD? THE WEIRD!?!?! I cried when I read that miniseries lo those many years ago and related to his troubled heroism as a pre-teen.
Thanks Steve,my favorite is Tom Baker,but a close second is Christopher Ecclestone and David Tennant
just because they regenerated my favorite show,much to my daughters annoyance i have got my grandchildren into dr who,so the next generation is started shame there wont be so many episodes in 2009,but the Sarah Jane adventures is very good and i havent heard anything about torchwood.I have a friend who lives near Cardiff and we go on Dr who tours when i go to visit,thanks I will try the books you to you again soon.
nice to see another dr who fan,like the series but have not read the books which one should you recommend I start with,which is your favorite doctor
D'oh! Fixed the Exile review. (I also have a copy of Sacrifice from the library, but I need to come up with something a bit more verbose and well-thought-out than "Karen Traviss manages to do what I'd have sworn was impossible for her—bore me" before I put up a review for it.)
Your Aaronsohn's Saga review was very helpful to me, very helpful. Thank you for all the specificity you put into it. - ER
Just so you know, the foreigner knows you're talking about him behind his back.
It makes you… a not very good hypocrite, since you see the hypocrisy.

And my library would be about 40% smaller if I didn't list ebooks—I don't have much of a choice there, I'm afraid, unless I want the foreigner to win the "biggest library" competition. ;)
Congratulations: someone finally survived reading your work and didn't hate it enough to not catalog it. ;)

(Alas, the Austrian gets short shrift because of how LT handles multiple authors. Such is the life of a foreigner?)
Hi Steve! I'm very pleased (and relieved) to hear you're happy with the book I picked out as your SantaThing present. It's a favourite of mine, so I hope you enjoy it too. And with the added knowledge of your background - a Jesuit highschool!! - well, it was just meant to be! ;)

Merry Christmas!
You sure have a lot of books, dude. But you will never win! Bwahahaha etc.
Hey, dude. We share thirteen books. We should be friends!

Be friends with somebody I met on the Interweb? What a strange notion ...
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