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SFRevu Contributors Who are we? Read on and get to know us. If you've got a passion for Mysteries and want to take a hand at reviewing or literary criticism, feel free to contact me at editor (at) - Ern

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 administrator 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, an anthology 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 world’s most adorable child, just ask me, I’ll 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.

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.

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.

Judy Newton - Coming soon....

Aaron Pound - Aaron Pound is a Federal attorney by day, and has been known to tutor high school students in English, History, and Economics by night. Somewhere in between those he manages to read copious amounts of science fiction and fantasy, an interest that was sparked on a summer night in 1979 when he opened a copy of The Hobbit and didn't stop reading until he finished the book the next morning. He hasn't stopped reading science fiction and fantasy since.

Ellen Russell - Ellen Russell is a graduate of Bishop's University (Canada) with a BA in English Literature. She has 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.

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...)

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.

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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 Master’s 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 she’s not writing, Meagen enjoys hiking, biking and napping with her two cats, Disco and Zura.

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