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- Feb 19, 2009
- Real Name
- Alan Poulter
- About My Library
- I 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.
- About Me
- I started out as a librarian - after a Traineeship at The British Library I worked there as a Cataloguer. I left to become Deputy Systems Manager at the Science Museum. I movrd into academia as a lecturer in library and information studies at Leeds Polytechnic and later at Loughborough University. I also taught at the Royal School of Librarianship in Copenhagen and the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington.
My last academic post was at Strathclyde University in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, where I taught information management and librianship courses for fifteen years until retiring in 2015. I am a member of CILIP (the professional association for librarians in the UK).
I read mainly science fiction (but will stray outside the genre) and play all types of boardgames. 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 ....
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- Brian W. Aldiss, Nina Allan, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Atwood, Derek Austin, Paolo Bacigalupi, Hilary Bailey, 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, Molly Brown, John Brunner, Algis Budrys, Octavia E. Butler, Eugene Byrne, Richard Calder, John Carnell, 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, Paul Di Filipo, Thomas M. Disch, Prathibha Nadeeshani Dissanyake, Jacek Dukaj, Greg Egan, Harlan Ellison, Andreas Eschbach, Christopher Evans, Philip José Farmer, Neil Ferguson, Paul Di Filippo, Michael Flynn, Jeffrey Ford, Daniel F. Galouye, Mary Gentle, William Gibson, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Richard Grant, Colin Greenland, John Gribbin, 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, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Daniel Keyes, Garry Kilworth, C. M. Kornbluth, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Geoffrey A. Landis, Ann Leckie, Tanith Lee, Yoon Ha Lee, Stanisław Lem, Jonathan Lethem, Cixin Liu, Ian R. MacLeod, Ken MacLeod, Barry N. Malzberg, Phillip Mann, Paul J. McAuley, Wil McCarthy, Jack McDevitt, Ian McDonald, Will Mcintosh, Sean McMullen, China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, Pat Murphy, Jamil Nasir, Kim Newman, Nene Ormes, George Orwell, Alexei Panshin, Paul Park, Marge Piercy, Charles Platt, 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, Ian Sales, Hilbert Schenck, Karl Schroeder, Bob Shaw, Robert Sheckley, Mary Shelley, Lucius Shepard, Lewis Shiner, Swabir Silayi, Robert Silverberg, Dan Simmons, John Sladek, Joan Slonczewski, Norman Spinrad, Brian Stableford, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, Charles Stross, Arkady Strugatsky, Theodore Sturgeon, Tricia Sullivan, Michael Swanwick, Rachel Swirsky, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Lavie Tidhar, Wilson Tucker, George Turner, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, Jeff VanderMeer, A. E. van Vogt, John Varley, Jules Verne, Vernor Vinge, Howard Waldrop, Jo Walton, Ian Watson, Peter Watts, Stanley G. Weinbaum, H. G. Wells, Cherry Wilder, Liz Williams, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis, Robert Charles Wilson, Gene Wolfe, Jack Womack, John Wyndham, E. Lily Yu, Roger Zelazny, David Zindell, Pamela Zoline
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