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Gayle Surrette Editor / Publisher - Gayle's always been a fan of SF, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror, in all its various permutations. She's a list admin for several writing and chat groups and has made a living programming for the last two decades. She joined SFRevu in September 2005 with her first review: Crossroads by Brett Cox and Andy Duncan. Soon she took on the task of keeping our syntax on the straight and narrow.

Drew Bittner Associate Editor - Drew Bittner has written for just about every type of publication, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, roleplaying games and comic books. For the last few years, his efforts have mainly been confined to academia, as he's completed a Masters degree in criminal justice (and continues to work sporadically on his Ph.D.), but in the past year he has done book reviews and short interviews for SFRevu and has worked on-and-off on a novel.

Sam Tomaino Columnist: Zines and Short Fiction - Sam lives in central New Jersey (USA) and has been reading SF for the 40 or so years. He's a regular Congoer and a member of the Prydonians of Prynceton. He lives in Plainsboro, NJ, just a stone's throw away from Grover's Mill, where the Martians landed in 1938. He became addicted to short sf some years back when he decided that you should read Hugo nominated shorts before you actually vote for them...and it's been all downhill since.

Paul Haggerty Web Guru - Paul Haggerty has been an advid reader of science fiction and fantasy since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He's also by profession a software engineer and system administrator so naturally SFRevu drafted him to be our web maven as well as a part-time reviewer.

Ernest Lilley Editor Emeritus - Ernest Lilley was the creator, publisher and senior editor of SFRevu ( from 1998 to 2010, when he handed the reins over to Managing Editor Gayle Surrette. He continues to contribute articles, reviews, and interviews to SFRevu while also editing TechRevu ( Though he has been sighted in and around Washington DC, he actually lives in the Gernsback Continuum with that classic trope of SF, a red headed heroine.

Eric Alexander - Has written book, movie, and theater reviews for about a decade, but has been an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy for much longer. He loves Heinlein, Brin, Bear, and Sawyer, but really appreciates writers that aren't afraid to take a chance. He's the father of a little girl, a littler boy, and several cats.

Todd M. Baker - Todd Baker is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Natural Science at Villa Maria College, a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. He and his wife Jennifer—and their three cats—live in an outlying suburb of Buffalo in a rambling farmhouse that they are slowing restoring. Todd has been a fan of science fiction since a young age, and has amassed a sizable library of Golden Age works.

John Berlyne Associate Editor (UK) - John has been an actor, a collaborator (with Tim Powers), and our man in the UK.

Kat Bittner - Katherine Bittner - One of Kat's fondest childhood memories was reading Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems in the church garden. She later found science fiction while taking a SF, and Computers and Lit courses in college. She has been an avid reader of the genre ever since. By day Kat is a Program Assistant at National Academy of Sciences, by night she enjoys watching Food Network beside her husband, Drew Bittner.

Wes Breazeale - Wes Breazeale -- An avid sci-fi reader since childhood, Wes now works as the fundraising director for The Library Foundation, promoting literacy and helping ensure that kids have the same opportunities to read that he did as a child. Wes enjoys hard SF (Hannu Rajaniemi and Paolo Bacigalupi are recent faves), Epic/Space Opera (James S.A. Corey, Peter F. Hamilton, Hugh Howey), gritty Urban Fantasy (Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Mike Carey) and straight up action-thriller-mysteries (David Baldacci, John Sandford, Robert Crais). Wes is a transplanted New Englander who has lived in Oregon for the past 20 years.

Karen Burnham - Karen Burnham is a physicist vocationally and a science fiction/fantasy reviewer avocationally. Her professional work is in the realm of radars for Northrop Grumman. She's been reading fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember, even if that's only about 23 years. She has been reviewing since 2002 and began reviewing for SFRevu in January 2007.

Colleen Cahill - Colleen was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania by parents who were both voracious readers. Not surprisingly, she has a library science degree and practices this art in her day job at the Library of Congress, where among her other duties she is the Recommending Officer for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her goal is to read as much science fiction and fantasy as possible and share the cream of the crop with Fast Forward {change to SFRevu} viewers.

Motto: Librarian by profession, reviewer by avocation, reader by addiction.

Katie Carmien - Katie Carmien: Reviewer. The first book she ever read was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone, and things snowballed from there. She is an omnivorous reader, though she prefers all things science fiction and fantasy. (The way to her heart is that sticker with a blue unicorn head on it.) Favorite authors include CJ Cherryh, NK Jemisin, Robin McKinley, Octavia Butler, and Seanan McGuire. Currently, she is a full-time student, with plans to become an author and work in publishing. She resides in New Jersey with her family and one exceedingly friendly cat.

Carolyn Crow - Carolyn Crow has written about the arts for magazines, radio, and television over the last two decades. She's been a dedicated science fiction reader for even longer. Currently she's "slumming it"--earning a living an editor for a marketing firm.

Liz de Jager Reviewer - Liz is an avid reader and devours books at an alarming rate. She is also an aspiring writer and enjoys writing in the urban fantasy genre for both adults and young adults. She is however yet to offer JK Rowling a run for her money but hopes that the publishing gods will be kind to her one day. She lives in Kent in the UK with her husband Mark (zombie addict with a zombie apocalypse plan) and their Jack Russell, Sparrow, whom they are training to attack zombies on command. Working in London, one of the world’s most vibrant cities, is a constant inspiration, as is being able to stalk meet various authors at signings.

Favourite authors include Neil Gaiman, Charles de Lint, Phil Rickman, David Gibbins, Tom Lloyd, and Joe Abercrombie, to name but a few. Liz is doing her best to work through a selection of graphic novels suggested by Mike Carey, her personal hero and one of the best urban fantasists working today. Reading is a passion rather than a hobby and forms part of Liz's excuse for the hundreds of books which threaten to crowd them out of their tiny house. Her excuse is that it is all research and may one day be tax deductable. Her husband and friends do not believe her and she suspects that the taxman won't either.

She runs which has reviews, interviews and general news about writers, publishing and some movie news thrown in for good measure.

Daniel Dern - Daniel Dern is an independent technology writer with a love of comics, cons, and science fiction. Previously, he was Executive Editor of, where his job included keeping Jerry Pournelle happy (in Jerry's capacity as's main columnist); he also bought articles from SFRevu's own Ernest Lilley, and helped bring Larry Niven and Greg Bear to Comdex as guest speakers. A comic book reader since his early single-digit years (back when they cost ten or twelve cents), Daniel has sold a handful of SF stories professionally, including one recently to F&SF, and also writes humor and song parodies. He attends WorldCon whenever possible, along with a few, mostly local-to-him, other SF conventions, and is an amateur magician. Daniel considers himself a comic reader and saver, not a collector, and will get rid of many of his boxes of comics and related trade/hardcover books, when he gets around to it. (See for more information, and links to other things he's written.)

April Disney Reviewer - April considers herself the black sheep in a family of black sheep (and is not sure if that makes her a white sheep or not). She's a self-described crazy cat lady with six at this time, as well as a husband who constantly has to talk her out of getting more. Eventually, she would like to build a library in her home. Favorite authors include Storm Constantine, Catherine Asaro, Stephen King, Sarah Ash, Lynn Flewelling, and Ted Chiang. Dark fantasy and science fiction romance are her favorites, and she has a soft spot for unappreciated jewels and gay/lesbian speculative fiction. She thanks her mom for giving her The Hobbit in the fourth grade, thereby inviting her to share hundreds of whole new worlds.

Jan Howard Finder (The Wombat) - The Wombat, aka jan howard finder, has been reading SF for more than 50 years and active in SF circles for about 30. He chaired 2 Tolkien conferences in 1969 and 1971. After finding fandom in '72 and cons in '73, he ran 2 SF cons ('77 and '79) in the UK. In '93 he was accorded the genuine honor of being named as an Honored Guest at CONFRANCISCO, the 1993 Worldcon. He came out of retirement in 96 to chair ALBACON 96. Still brain dead, he successfully chaired SFRA 2001, an academic conference on SF. He participates in, judges and MC's masquerades. (But wait...there's more...)

Carolyn Frank - Although armed with a PhD in Regional Science (quantitative social science policy analysis), she spends her days as a management consultant writing bureaucratic fiction for the Department of Homeland Security. Having taught herself to read at a very early age, she borrowed her older brother's library books to have something to read. He read science fiction, so she read science fiction, and she has continued to do so for the next forty plus years.

Cathy Green - It's all my mother's fault. When I was an infant, she used to feed me while watching first run episodes of original Star Trek. Thus from a very early age I learned to associate science fiction with feelings of happiness and well-being. And when I was a little older rather than just sticking with Lyle the Crocodile, Little Bear or Frances the Badger for bedtime stories, my mom would vary the mix with I Robot, The Martian Chronicles, The Hobbit and Narnia. The first science fiction book I read by myself was either Space Cat by Ruthven Todd or Outside by Andre Norton. And science fiction and fantasy have been my preferred choices for reading and viewing pleasure ever since.

Daniel Grotta - Daniel Grotta is a journalist and critic whose varied interests take him across the globe. Among other writings, he's written a biography of J.R.R. Tolkein. He lives in a small Pennsylvania town with is wife, Sally.

Jon Guenther - Jon Guenther is a full-time web developer and technical writer residing in the American southwest. He has been a voracious reader since he was old enough to hold a book. In his own words: "My love for books began with sitting in the lap of my patient grandfather who read Bibles for the blind, following along as he read the Berenstain Bears and Curious George." In addition to his expertise in web programming, Jon is the published author of more than thirty novels in a variety of genres, and founder of Ctrl+Alt+Pub, a blog aimed at guiding writers in the exciting world of self-publishing. You can learn more about his work at

Mario Guslandi Reviewer - Mario Guslandi lives in Milan, Italy. Most likely he's the only Italian who reads and reviews dark fiction in English. His reviews have appeared in a number of genre sites such as: The SF Site, The Zone, Horrorworld, The Agony Column, Infinity Plus, Emerald City, etc

Scott Harkless - Scott Harkless first became addicted to science fiction and my fantasy when his grandfather read him The Hobbit as a child (picture books put him to sleep). Soon enough, he read it hisself at about age 5, and proceeded to devour his grandpa s huge science fiction and fantasy collection. By the time he was 12 he knew he wanted to be a librarian. Currently when Scott is not busy at Kutztown University finishing up his undergraduate library science degree or preparing for grad school; he is an avid reenactor, convention attendee, and botherer of library staff.

Joseph B. Hoyos - Joseph B. Hoyos graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Nuclear Engineering and minors in English and math. He is a technical writer for Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. An avid reader of all genres, Joseph began reviewing novels for the Chesapeake Romance Writers. Now he reviews books, movies and music for the Amazon Vine Program. Joseph has also written and delivered many award winning speeches for Toastmasters International. He also loves to sing in his church choir and do charity work with the Gift Bearers, a club sponsored by Hallmark Corporation.

Mel Jacob - Mel Jacob is a freelance writer and consultant. The author of Domestic Technology, Strategic Planning, and numerous articles on information services, management, networks, and libraries and editor for several other books. An avid reader, she used to sneak her father's science fiction magazines as a pre-teen and has continued reading speculative fiction of all types throughout her adult life. She also enjoys reading the classics, romance, and mysteries.

Andrea Johnson - Andrea Johnson lives in Michigan and relaxes by reading and reviewing SF and Fantasy for us. A fuller bio will be coming soon...

Harriet Klausner - I was born in the Bronx where I obtained a Masters in Library Science. My thesis topic was the Impact of Science Fiction Reading by High School Seniors on Standardized Reading Scores. I met my spouse Stan when he read my palm in a Bronx outdoor cafe.

After being married for seven months, we moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where I worked in the local bookstore and provided some limited book reviewing services. I had my only child born there. Later, we moved to Massachusetts where I worked in a small used bookstore that catered to fans of horror and science fiction. Ultimately we moved to Georgia where we currently live. I have worked with the library and found an acquisition job in a bookstore. I also watched my book reviewing career begin to take shape. I take immense pleasure informing other readers about newcomers or unknown authors who have written superb novels.

Bill Lawhorn - Coming Soon...

Sherry Lilley Reviewer - I am a legal secretary, and have been one for 32 years, the last 22 working for litigators. As such, I am a professional nag, babysitter of grown adults (also known as attorneys), and very organized (see, babysitter of grown adults). I am also a mom (mother of the worlds most adorable child, just ask me, Ill tell you), novice knitter, friend and reviewer.

Sam Lubell - Sam Lubell started reading science fiction by about age ten with books like Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet and the Spaceship Under the Apple Tree. This soon was followed by the classics of science fiction. While still in high school Lubell started subscribing to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, which he somehow maintained through years of college and grad school. This led him to discover the world of science fiction fandom. Shortly after moving to Washington DC, he become involved in the Washington Science Fiction Association ( where he served as Secretary, editor of the WSFA Journal, and President. He was chair of Capclave 2003 ( and continues to hold various positions for this small and friendly convention. In 1998, he was the head of the Public Relations division for Bucconeer, the Baltimore WorldCon. He has been reviewing books for the WSFA Jounal since 1995 and for SFRevu since 2003. Favorite authors include Cordwainer Smith, Zenna Henderson, Tim Powers, Orson Scott Card, Ken MacLeod, Charlie Stross, R.A. Lafferty, and many others. He reads both science fiction and fantasy.

Jeffrey Lyons - Jeffrey Lyons wrote his first review for SFRevu in September 2003

Laurie J. Marks - Laurie teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Marks, a regular program participant at Wiscon, is particularly interested in the depiction of gender in science fiction. She is a recipient of the Fairy Godmother Award (James D. Tiptree, Jr. Award), and is a founding member of Broad Universe. Of her first book, Fire Logic (Tor, May 2002) Publisher's Weekly in a starred review observed " Marks writes with an intelligence that zings off the page." Her second novel, Earth Logic, was published by Tor in January, 2004. Discover more about Laurie at her website: or by emailing her

EJ McClure - EJ is a SWO (Surface Warfare Officer) in the United States Navy, and learned to drive a ship before she learned to drive a car. She was the commissioning Chief Engineer on the USS The Sullivans which was built in Bath, ME and met her husband, SFRevu Editor Ernest Lilley at Boskone, NESFA's literary convention held near Boston. Though she works with modern war fighting technology on a daily basis, for now EJ prefers to relax reading high fantasy.

Pamela Millar - Pamela Millar cut her teeth on science fiction and has been addicted to SF/F ever since. She has a Master's degree in English and was lucky enough to be able to write her thesis on Neil Gaiman. Between traveling around the country and looking for a place to settle down, she is looking to break into professional writing and editing. She has been reviewing speculative fiction since 2007 at her blog,, and at SFRevu since 2010. Follow her on twitter at

Charles Mohapel - Charles discovered Science Fiction and Fantasy in early grade school when he found copies of Andre Norton's Web of the Witch World and Robert A. Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars in the school library. This led to his reading everything that interested him in the children's Science Fiction section at the nearby public library, after which he began working his way through the adult SF section with the guidance of some friendly librarians. In turn this led to the Classics Illustrated comics, followed quickly by Gold Key, DC, and Marvel. Equally important to Charles were Gerry Anderson's Supercar, Fireball XL-5, Stingray, and Thunderbirds, all in Supermarionation. He has fond memories of wandering up to the line for the evening's last showing of Star Wars on Opening Day and getting in with no trouble (never again). Since 1982, he has attended 23 World Science Fiction Conventions, 1 NASFiC, 2 World Fantasy Conventions, 1 San Diego Comic-Con, and various other local and regional cons. He has served as the Official Masquerade Photographer for 4 Worldcons and has been the Official Convention Photographer (solo, team member, or chief) for 5 Worldcons and 1 World Fantasy Con. Charles began contributing convention photos to SFRevu in 2004 and has been published in Science Fiction Chronicle, Chronicle and Locus magazine as far back as 1997. Now he contributes media reviews to SFRevu and serves as the News Editor for its sister publication TechRevu.

Nancy Jane Moore Author - Nancy Jane Moore's collection, PS Showcase #2: Conscientious Inconsistencies, was recently released by PS Publishing, and her novella, Changeling, is available from Aqueduct Press. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She is a member of SFWA and Broad Universe, and blogs on SF/F matters on Ambling Along the Aqueduct.


Judy Newton - Coming soon....

Sherin Nicole - Sherin Nicole started writing reviews for SFRevu with our May 2008 issue.

Paige Roberts - Paige Roberts has been an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction since fourth grade, cutting her teeth on Heinlein's Starbeast and Tolkien's adventurous hobbit. Then puberty hit, and bodice rippers and sexy regency noblemen competed for attention with her old fantasy and SF favorites. Soon after, she discovered Yarbro's St. Germain and Bradley's Darkover novels, and realized that her favorite genres could, in fact, play nicely together. Nowadays, they call stories of sexy vampires who seduce strong-willed women in real world action stories paranormal romance, and consider it a brand new idea. Don't tell Ms. Yarbro.

Paige has been writing romance stories with aliens, werebeasts and vampires for nearly as many years as she's been reading. Apparently someone decided to create this paranormal romance genre just so that she could start selling some of those stories, and winning a few awards along the way. One of these days, she'll probably get around to selling a novel or two as well if she's not careful.

Mary Rose-Shaffer - Introduced to speculative fiction at the "Golden Age" of 10 by a perceptive librarian, Mary Rose-Shaffer works zealously to bring others into the spec fic fold. A teacher of high school English in eastern Pennsylvania, fortunate enough to teach an introductory Science Fiction and Fantasy class as well as other courses, she is a frequent participant in James Gunn's Science Fiction seminars - both teaching and writing - as well as the Campbell Conference. She is active in her school community, is a devoted soccer mom, and loves her dog and dark chocolate far too well.

Ellen Russell - Ellen Russell is a graduate of Bishop's University (Canada) with a BA in English Literature. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's in Education. She discovered SF and Fantasy at age 10 through Bruce Coville and has never looked back. She plans to encourage a deep love of reading (and hopefully a love of SF and Fantasy) in all of her students.

Charity J. Sands - A lifelong lover of all things speculative, Charity J. Sand has a background in Philosophy and Education. She currently works with education grants in order to support her out of control reading habit. Favorite authors include Robin Hobb, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, and Philip K. Dick.

Nick Sauer - Nick Sauer was born in upstate New York but currently resides in central New Jersey where he works as a research scientist/engineer at Bell Laboratories. His first experience in SF/fantasy literature was when he discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs as a child. He has also read comic books from as far back as he can remember. While today Nick mostly reads non-fiction he will read almost anything fictionwise, but he is still especially fond of literature from the 1930s pulp era. His all-time favorite magazine is Weird Tales in all of its various incarnations. Nick also is a big fan of genre television and maintains a blog on his thoughts on this topic at

Steve Sawicki - Steve's short stories have been published in Plot, Read Me, Shadowsword and Transversions as well as online at Minds Eye Fiction. Novella (Invisible Friends) published in the Spring 2001 issue of Absolute Magnitude. Opinion pieces have been published in Between Dimensions and Pirate Writings. Steve has written four solo screenplays, including an adaptation of Piers Anthony's On A Pale Horse. His review work has appeared in; Absolute Magnitude, Tangent, 2AM, Science Fiction Review, Fantasy Commentator, Random Realities, Pulsar, Heliocentric Net, Cinefantastique, Movie Club, Keen Science Fiction, Middle Georgia Web Magazine, Knightmares, Dubious Matter, Wonderdisk, Random Realities, OtherRealms, Midnight Zoo, Zero Gravity Freefall, Summa Nulla, and other places he can no longer remember. (more...)

Lucy Schmeidler - Coming Soon...

Linda Marie Schumacher Reviewer - Linda Marie Schumacher grew up in Princeton Jct. New Jersey. The US Navy brought Linda to Hampton Roads, Virginia where she lives with her husband and two sons. An engineer by trade, Linda enjoys reading novels about spies, government agencies, under-cover military events and World War II fiction. Her hobbies include walking, wine and micro-brew beer tasting, and as much travel as time and budget will allow.

Asta Sinusas - Lived in Canada for a number of years while attending the University of Toronto and getting her start in publishing. She worked in publicity at St. Martin's Press in New York City and has recently relocated back to Cananda. A fan of scientific romances, Star Wars, and L. Frank Baum (not the MGM film), she may be contacted at:

Beth Slater - Beth Slater resides in Jacksonville, FL where she lives with her husband and two cats. She started reading mysteries when she inherited her older sister's Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys collection. After leaving her successful mystery reading group at her library in High Springs, FL, she started reviewing her monthly reads to send back to friends and family who demanded them in lieu of her actual presence. She has been a reference librarian in public libraries and academic libraries, and has worked as an information specialist, as well. In addition to reviewing products for, she is a member of the DorothyL mystery listserv, makes beaded jewelry for family & friends, and loves to attend book conferences and as many Aerosmith concerts as possible. Her husband keeps encouraging her to get help for her 'reading problem' but to no avail.

Don Smith - Don Smith is a freelance writer who lives in Hawthorne, New Jersey with his wife, Laura and their three cats - Bobby, Merlin and Banjo. His first book "Hawthorne" was released from Arcadia Publishing in 2006 and he his working on his second one a true crime book entitled "The Goffle Road Murders" which details the first murder in Passaic County, New Jersey in 1850.

His work has appeared in many local publications including "Main Street Magazine" as well as national publications like "Youth Worker Magazine" and "Toy Fare" from Wizard Entertainment. His work can also be seen at a variety of science fiction and comic book web sites. Check out his blog at

M. E. Staton Reviewer - M.E Staton - ( Michaela has always loved to read science fiction, fantasy, horror and thrillers. She is an aspiring writer of (mainly) science fiction and a member of the British Science Fiction Association. In 2009 she founded The Cola Factory, a speculative fiction writing group based in London. Originally from New York City she now lives and works in the south east of England and holds dual citizenship with the UK and the US. Her family includes the management writer and historian Dr. Rebecca Staton-Reinstein, the crime writer Elizabeth Zelvin and the poet Jacqueline Lapidus.

Amongst the many different authors that have inspired Michaela and given her great pleaseure in reading her favouites are: Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Steven Saylor, Frederik Pohl, Dan Simmons, Philip K. Dick, Stephen King and Ian McDonald.

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Meagen Voss - Meagen Voss took the long route to writing career. Growing up in the Middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania (also known as Avon Grove), she always loved writing, but decided to pursue her interest in science. After graduating from Dickinson College with dual degrees in Biology and Biochemistry, she moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied neurobiology. Three years into her PhD, Meagen realized she liked writing about science more than she liked doing it and left with a Masters degree. Now, she is working as freelance science writer and she hopes to break into the fiction market in the near future. Her favorite science fiction author is Roger Zelazny. When shes not writing, Meagen enjoys hiking, biking and napping with her two cats, Disco and Zura.

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