My name is BJ. I am 53 and an avid scifi and rather choosy fantasy reader. I was a computer programmer but have been segueing into other parts of IT ever since the Y2K push ended. Doing Systems administration right now...well not 'right now'.
My two favorite things are reading and traveling. Reading is much more affordable and I like to combine the two by visiting Used Book Stores whenever I travel. I am hoping to be able to afford to travel more in the next three years after retirement. And to read more as well, of course.
I've been devoted to the SF Site since my early days on the internet. You guys had only been on line for about a year ahead of me and I spent a lot of time catching up on past issues.
My other favorite site/place to spend time/forum is at sf-books.com - a book trading site. It's global but predominantly Aussies, and North Americans there. If you go and join, tell them spacecat sent you.
I mostly get my books second hand, either at UBS's or through SF-Books trades. That puts me a bit behind the curve of the newest reads except for the ones I get through the fantastic public library system here in St Louis, MO. But since I don't like waiting for the next installment of series being a few years behind is just fine.
Some of my favorite authors are: C.J. Cherryh, Tim Powers, Lois McMasters Bujold, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Moon, Charles DeLint, Ursula K. LeGuin, Steven Brust, Susan R.Matthews, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Emma Bull, Patrick O'Brian, Rosemary Kirstein, Jack McDevitt, Robin Hobb, Iain M. Banks, Kage Baker, John Ringo & David Weber, Laurie J. Marks and John M. Ford.
I enjoy the discussions here and don't get here often enough. Congrats to Temp on the baby. Thanks to all for making this an interesting place.