Irving F. “Bud” Foote

Bud Foote is professor emeritus in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he taught science fiction studies for over three decades. In addition to creating one of the first university-level science fiction classes, Foote brought science fiction studies to life at Georgia Tech through a series of guest lectures including authors Fred Pohl, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, and Kim Stanley Robinson. In 1999 Foote donated over 8000 volumes of science fiction to the Georgia Tech library: this gift comprises the bulk of the school’s archival collection.

David Brin

David Brin has authored dozens of science fiction novels and short story collections, including The Uplift War (winner of the Hugo and Locus awards for best novel in 1988) and The Postman (originally published in 1985; produced as a Warner Brothers film starring Kevin Costner in 1997). His most recent novel, Kiln People (2002), has received nominations for this year’s Hugo, Arthur C. Clark, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards. Brin’s donations to Georgia Tech include first editions of all his major novels and hardbound translations of his works in French, Spanish, and Russian. More information about Brin can be found at

Dr. Patrick Thomas Malone, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Thomas Malone donated his extensive science fiction collection to Georgia Tech after his son Thomas Patrick Malone II, a Tech graduate, told him about the Foote Collection in 1999. The Malone gift is comprised primarily of paperback novels published between 1950 and 1990, and includes a complete run of the Ballantine Fantasy series.

Richar D. Erlich

In 2006, Richard D. Erlich retired from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), where he taught English since 1971 and Film Studies courses since the 1980s, including courses in SF and SF film.  He is the author of Coyote's Song: The Teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Science Fiction Research Association Digital Book."  With the help of Thomas P. Dunn and others, he compiled Clockworks: A Multimedia Bibliography [i.e., List] of Works Useful for the Study of the Human/Machine Interface in SF (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993).   The work of that List is continued in "Clockworks 2: The Supplement," an on-line wiki.

With Thomas P. Dunn, he solicited essays for, assembled, and edited the anthologies Clockwork Worlds: Mechanized Environments in SF (Greenwood, 1983) and The Mechanical God: Machines in Science Fiction (Greenwood, 1982).  Most recently he published  "Le Guin and God: Quarreling with the One, Critiquing Pure Reason," Extrapolation  47.3 (Winter 2006): 351-79. He currently lives in Ventura County in California and does odd jobs in hard-copy editing and movie pre-production. More information about Mr. Erlich can be found his website.