Doug Fratz is best known in the science fiction and fantasy field as a book reviewer who currently writes for SF Site and The New York Review of Science Fiction. He has been reviewing books and writing about science fiction for more than 35 years, with work appearing in Science Fiction Age, Science Fiction Eye, Fantasy Review, The Washington Post, Science Fiction Weekly / SciFi Wire / BLASTR and other venues, including his own literary magazine, Quantum Science Fiction & Fantasy Review (formerly Thrust). He founded Thrust as the science fiction magazine of the University of Maryland, and continued it as a semiprofessional magazine after graduation. As publisher and editor of Thrust/Quantum (1973-1993), he was nominated for five Hugo Awards. He has been attending science fiction conventions since 1968, and has appeared on more than one hundred panels and other program items.
In real life, Doug Fratz is an environmental scientist serving as Vice President of Scientific and Technical Affairs for the Consumer Specialty Products Association in Washington, DC, a trade association representing the formulated consumer products industry, where he has worked for more than 30 years. During that time, he has been involved in a wide range of scientific and regulatory projects and issues, focusing on environmental, health and safety regulations critical to the consumer specialty productsindustry. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland in 1974, and his M.S. degree in Environmental Science from the George Washington University in 1983. He lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with his wife, and has two adult children.