Bob Brown graduated from San Francisco State University in 1965, and served in the US Navy from 1965-1968. In 1970 he co-founded BB&W, the largest convention book dealer on the west coast during the 1970s. In 1980 he launched Robert L Brown, Bookmonger, with convention and catalog sales, plus a retail presence at Seattle Book Center. Since 1996 he has operated b brown & Assoc, an independent used book store specializing in science fiction and fantasy in Seattle, plus catalog, on-line, and convention sales (www.bbrownandassoc.com). He has been a panelist at numerous World Fantasy Conventions, and ran the dealer room for in 1989 and 1995. He is also know for his book collecting, having been a heavy reader of SF & Fantasy for 55 years.