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About meI am a 52 years old male, married with children ages 16, 15 and 12. I grew up in Southern California, went to college at the University of Chicago and graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. After 14 years as Executive Director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, in 2008 I moved to Birmingham, AL, where I am now the President of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
About my libraryOver the years I've read lots of just about everything (except horror and romance), encouraged at a young age by my English-teacher-turned-librarian mother. In my early teens I read mystery voraciously (especially Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner--I loved his A.A. Fair books--and Dick Francis) and westerns (just about everything by Louis L'Amour). Then I fell in love with the Lord of the Rings and got hooked on a bit of science fiction (the Foundation Trilogy, Dune, and a bit of Heinlein). Then came my years as an English major at the University of Chicago, where I set aside genre fiction for Literature and Drama and never really went back until my mother gave me the first three books of the Wheel of Time when I turned 32 (or so). Since then its been back to fantasy and especially science fiction with a vengeance.
GroupsChildren's Fiction, Children's Literature, Classical Music, Combiners!, FantasyFans, Magic City LT Group, Malazan, New Wave Science Fiction and Fantasy, Readers Advisory, Science Fiction Fans —show all groups, SFFWorld, The University of Chicago, The Weird Tradition, U of Chicago College alumni and other Great Books Geeks
Favorite authorsIsaac Asimov, J. G. Ballard, Iain Banks, Alfred Bester, Jorge Luis Borges, John Brunner, Algis Budrys, Lois McMaster Bujold, Octavia E. Butler, Italo Calvino, Raymond Chandler, Ted Chiang, Glen Cook, Samuel R. Delany, Philip K. Dick, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Harlan Ellison, Steven Erikson, Dick Francis, Erle Stanley Gardner, Heather Gladney, Ursula K. Le Guin, Elizabeth Hand, M. John Harrison, Frank Herbert, Barry Hughart, Robert Jordan, James Joyce, Walter M. Miller, Jr., Franz Kafka, Guy Gavriel Kay, John Keats, Sharon Lee, Fritz Leiber, Stanisław Lem, Kelly Link, George R. R. Martin, China Miéville, Steve Miller, Catherine L. Moore, Daniel Keys Moran, Haruki Murakami, Larry Niven, Wilfred Owen, Mervyn Peake, Luigi Pirandello, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederik Pohl, Joanna Russ, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Robert Sheckley, Clifford D. Simak, Dan Simmons, Cordwainer Smith, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Arkady Strugatsky, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree, Jr., J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack Vance, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Bill Watterson, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Kate Wilhelm, P. G. Wodehouse, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Roger Zelazny (Shared favorites)
Favorite bookstoresBookman/Bookwoman Used Books, Books & Company #309, Books & Company #313, Dark Carnival, Dark Star Books, Powell's - Hyde Park, Reed Books / The Museum of Fond Memories, Strand Bookstore
Favorite librariesXenia Community Library
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Member sinceDec 25, 2007
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