Fred Lerner

Fred Lerner has been a librarian and bibliographer for more than forty years, and was one of the founders of the Science Fiction Research Association. His first published story, "Rosetta Stone" (Artemis, Winter 2000; reprinted in Year's Best SF #5), has been described by anthologist David G. Hartwell as "the only SF story I know in which the science is library science."

His first book, Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community (Scarecrow Press, 1985), was a scholarly study of science fiction's changing reputation in America. In The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age (Continuum, 1998; 2nd ed., 2009), he has written about the role of libraries in shaping as well as reflecting the societies in which they arose.