[DWJ] Introductions

Farah Mendlesohn farah.sf at gmail.com
Sun Jun 17 03:59:21 EDT 2007


OK, me next.

I'm getting curious about the mean age of the group. Would love to try a
survey some time.

Farah Mendlesohn

I'm 38 (39 next month). I'm not sure how old I was when I first read DWJ but
am fairly sure the first was Charmed Life. I grew up in Birmingham UK which
had the most amazing children's library in those days (its new room is not
half as nice), and thanks to Municipal Socialism I was also within bus or
walking distance of three local libraries.

I trained as a historian (BA and PhD at the University of York, and an MA in
Peace Studies from Bradford) but thanks to lack of funding and hostile
colleagues, I "drifted" so my work got more and more text focussed.

In 2002 Jack Zipes asked me over a drink what I'd write about if I had a
completely free choice. As I assumed this was a completely casual
conversation, I said "DWJ" and almost choked on my drink when he said he'd
like to see the first chapter and outline within three months.

Favourite book: Archer's Goon (although I'm rather fond of Hexwood also).
Other authors: as in "other authors I read with the same kind of
comfort/challenge process as I read DWJ" include Lois McMaster Bujold, Terry
Pratchett and Georgette Heyer. Favourite sf and fantasy authors: Ken
MacLeod, Robert A. Heinlein, Michael Swanwick, Elizabeth Hand, K.J. Parker,
Francis Hardinge.

These days I live in London surrounded by too many books. I don't watch
movies much: too many books unread.


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