Richard A. Lovett

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Richard A. Lovett
Richard A Lovett.jpg
Richard A. Lovett, 2009
Born (1953-10-28) October 28, 1953 (age 61)
Dixon, Illinois
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Education Michigan State University B.A. (astrophysics) 1975
University of Michigan J.D. 1978, PhD (economics) 1981
Genre Science fiction, science, sports, profile, humor, journalism
Notable awards AnLab (nine times)
Website
www.richardalovett.com

Richard A. Lovett (born 1953, Dixon, Illinois) is an American science fiction author and science writer from Portland, Oregon.[1][2] He has written numerous short stories and factual articles that have appeared in multiple literary and scientific magazines and websites, including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, National Geographic News, Nature, New Scientist, Science, Scientific American, Cosmos, and Psychology Today.[3][4][5][6][7]

Lovett is one of the most prolific and decorated writers in Analog's 80-plus-year history. His first formal appearance in the magazine other than a 1993 letter to the editor was "Tricorders, Yactograms and the Future of Analytical Chemistry: When 'Nano-' Isn't Small Enough" (April 1999), a science article. His first fiction appearance was the novelette "Equalization" (March 2003).

Lovett first won the magazine's reader's choice award, the Analytical Laboratory (AnLab), in 2002 for a 2001 fact article, "Up in Smoke: How Mt. St. Helens Blasted Conventional Scientific Wisdom" (April 2001). Since then he has won the award a record nine times, three times for novelettes, twice for novellas, and four times for science articles.[8][9][10] Including the 2012 awards,[11] he has also placed in the top five 31 additional times, more than any other Analog contributor.[8] As of the December 2012 issue, his work had appeared in the magazine 116 times,[12] placing him second place on the magazine's all-time contributor list. In addition to writing fiction and science articles for the magazine, he has also written profiles (called Biologs) since 2006, and a series of how-to articles about writing short stories. These special features comprise about a quarter of his total contributions to the magazine.

His science fiction stories have also appeared in Nature, Cosmos, Abyss and Apex, Esli (Russian translation), Running Times, and Marathon & Beyond.

Coaching and sports writing[edit]

In addition to writing science fiction, Lovett is coach of Team Red Lizard, a 300-member running club in Portland, Oregon,[13] as well as of two women who qualified to compete for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team,[14][15] and one member of the U.S. Snow Shoe Racing Team.[16] He writes frequent features about distance running for Running Times magazine[17] and Marathon & Beyond,[18] and has written Olympic-related news articles and features for National Geographic News, Cosmos, and the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper. He has also cauthored two running books with marathon legend Alberto Salazar, plus two books on bicycle touring and one on cross-country skiing.[19]

Sports themes, particularly running, have infused seven of his science fiction stories: "Equalization" (Analog, March 2003), "Original Sin" (Analog, June 2006), "Olympic Talent" (Nature, July 5, 2007),[4] "Excellence" (Analog, Jan/Feb 2009), "Jak and the Beanstalk" (Analog, Jul/Aug 2011), "Running 2030" (Running Times, Dec 2011), and "Morgan's Run" (Cosmos, Nov/Dec 2012).

  • "Equalization" is the story of a futuristic 10,000-meter runner in a world in which runners are annually handicapped by mind/body swaps in which highly competitive individuals receive less-talented bodies;
  • "Original Sin" centers around a memory-recording device that allows coaches to feel exactly what their runners feel in training;
  • "Olympic Talent" and "Excellence" involve athletes who improve performance through gene doping, a technology in which gene therapy methods are used to enhance strength and endurance,
  • "Jak and the Beanstalk" centers around an endurance athlete who finds a way to climb a space elevator (the titular "beanstalk") all the way to geosynchronous orbit,
  • "Running 2030" is a day in the life of a futuristic runner.
  • "Morgan's Run" addresses the same themes as "Running 2030."

Bibliography[edit]

Incomplete – to be updated

Short fiction[edit]

  • Equalization (Analog 2003)
  • Brownian Motion (Analog 2003)
  • Tiny Berries (Analog 2003)
  • Weapon of Mass Distraction (Analog 2004)
  • Distant Fire (Analog 2004)
  • Promises (Analog 2004)
  • Caretaker (Analog 2004)
  • A Few Good Men (Analog 2005)
  • Tomorrow's Strawberries (Analog 2005)
  • NetPuppets (Analog 2005) with Mark Niemann-Ross
  • Zero Tolerance (Analog 2005)
  • 911 Backup (Analog 2005)
  • Dinosaur Blood (Analog 2006)
  • Hiking the Roof of the World (Nature 2006)
  • Numismatist (Analog 2006)
  • Original Sin (Analog 2006)
  • A Pound of Flesh (Analog Sept 2006)
  • Nigerian Scam (Analog 2006)
  • The Unrung Bells of the Marie Celeste (Analog 2007)
  • Bambi Steaks(Analog 2007)
  • The Road to Heather Cove (Abyss & Apex 2007)
  • The Last of the Weathermen (Analog 2007)
  • Olympic Talent (Nature 2007)
  • A Plutoid By Any Other Name . . . (Analog 2007)
  • A Deadly Intent (Analog 2008) with Mark Niemann-Ross
  • New Wineskins (Analog 2008) with Mark Niemann-Ross
  • Bug Eyes (Analog Nov 2008)
  • Excellence (Analog 2009, reprinted in condensed version, Running Times 2009)
  • Attack of the Grub-Eaters (Analog 2009)
  • Carpe Mañana (Abyss & Apex 2009)
  • Snowflake Kisses (Analog 2010) with Holly Hight
  • Sense of Wonder (Nature, vol. 465, p. 656, June 3, 2010)
  • Spludge (Analog, 2010)
  • Phantom Sense (Analog Nov. 2010) with Mark Niemann-Ross
  • Multivac's Singularity (Analog Jan/Feb 2011)
  • Jak and the Beanstalk (Analog Jul/Aug 2011)
  • Running 2030 (Running Times, December 2011, pp. 41–44)
  • Mother's Tattoos (Analog March 2012)
  • Nightfall on the Peak of Eternal Light (Analog July/Aug 2012) with William Gleason
  • Tech Support (Analog Nov 2012)
  • Morgan's Run (Cosmos Nov/Dec 2012)
  • Cats Know (Analog Dec 2012)
  • Living Large (Starship Century, Gregory Benford and James Benford, eds., 2013)

Floyd and Brittney series[edit]

  • The Sands of Titan (Analog Jun 2007)
  • Brittney's Labyrinth (Analog Jun 2008)
  • Neptune's Treasure (Analog Jan/Feb 2010)
  • Music to Me (Analog Jan/Feb 2014)
  • Defender of Worms (Analog Jan/Feb 2015)

Collections[edit]

  • Phantom Sense and Other Stories (Strange Wolf Press, 2012)
    • Phantom Sense
    • Phantom Science
    • A Deadly Intent
    • New Wineskins
    • NetPuppets

Non fiction[edit]

  • "Tricorders, yactograms and the future of analytical chemistry: When 'nano-' isn't small enough". Analog 119 (4): 41–51. April 1999. 
  • "The view from space: Satellites predict a lot more than weather". Analog 121 (2): 48–59. Feb 2001. 
  • "Up in Smoke: How Mt. St. Helens Blasted Conventional Scientific Wisdom". Analog 121 (4). April 2001. 
  • "No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado del Ruiz, by Victoria Bruce (review)". Analog 121 (10): 137. Oct 2001. 
  • "Subsisting on oxygen lite: Altitude research, Himalayan mountaineering, and their applications to alien worlds". Analog 122 (6): 48–60. June 2002. 
  • "Living at Extremes: Antarctic Lakes Yield Lessons for Mars, Europa, and Beyond". Analog 122 (2): 48–60. Feb 2002. 
  • "Sedimentology gone wild: The onion-layer theory of time travel". Analog 122 (9): 52–63. Sep 2002. 
  • "Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage" (Review)". Analog 122 (9): 137. Sep 2002. 
  • "Paleolakes, Jøkulhlaups, and Mobergs: What Iceland Reveals about 'Wet Mars'". Analog 123 (2): 52–63. Feb 2003. 
  • "The Search for Extraterrestrial Oceans". Analog 123 (5): 36–45. May 2003. 
  • "From Salt Foam to Artificial Oysters: Innovative Solutions to Global Warming". Analog 123 (7&8): 43–51. July–Aug 2003. 
  • "Volcanoes in Human History: The Far-Reaching Effects of Major Eruptions (book review)". Analog 123 (7&8): 209. July–Aug 2003. 
  • "Moving Beyond 'Life as We Know It': Astrobiology Takes On 'Earthist-centricity". Analog 123 (11): 30–41. Nov 2003. 
  • "Forensic Seismology: The Big Science of Minor Shakeups". Analog 124 (4): 24–33. April 2004.  Polish Translationin Nowa Fantastyka, October 2004.
  • "The Transience of Memory: We Really Can Remember It for You Wholesale". Analog 124 (6): 38–45. June 2004. 
  • "Fat Mice, Eating Machines, and Biochemical Treason: Will We Ever Create a Dial-a-Weight Pill?". Analog 124 (11): 34–43. Nov 2004. 
  • "The Prehistory of Global Climate Change". Analog 125 (3): 30–41. March 2005. 
  • "Gene Doping and Other Olympic Scandals of the (Not-So Distant) Future". Analog 125 (6): 34–44. June 2005. 
  • "The Wired Ocean: Doing Oceanography Without Getting All Wet". Analog 125 (10): 26–35. Oct 2005. 
  • "From Fimbulwinter to Dante's Hell: The Strange Saga of Snowball Earth". Analog 126 (1&2): 86–965. Jan–Feb 2006. 
  • "Stephen Baxter [Biolog]". Analog 126 (4). April 2006. 
  • "Catherine Shaffer [Biolog]". Analog 126 (5). May 2006. 
  • "Messengers from the Earth's Core? The Great Plume Debate Heats Up". Analog 126 (7&8): 36–44. Jul–Aug 2006. 
  • "The Great Sumatran Earthquakes of 2004–5". Analog 126 (10): 46–55. Oct 2006. 
  • "Robert J. Howe [Biolog]". Analog 126 (10). Oct 2006. 
  • "After gas: are we ready for the end of oil?". Analog 127 (1&2). Jan–Feb 2007. 
  • "The Ice Age that Wasn't: How our ancestors may have held the ice at bay". Analog 127 (4): 44–51. April 2007. 
  • "Cryovolcanoes, Swiss Cheese, and the Walnut Moon". Analog 127 (6): 40–52. June 2007. 
  • "Joe Schembrie [Biolog]". Analog 127 (7&8). July–Aug 2007. 
  • "E. Mark Mitchell [Biolog]". Analog 127 (9): 70. Sep 2007. 
  • "Ekaterina Sedia [Biolog]". Analog 127 (10). Oct 2007. 
  • "The Search for the World's First Equestrians". Analog 127 (11): 48–54. Nov 2007. 
  • "Mia Molvray [Biolog]". Analog 128 (1&2). Jan–Feb 2008. 
  • "Nuclear autumn: the consequences of a 'small' nuclear war". Analog 128 (4): 30–35. April 2008. 
  • "Peroxide snows, ejected moons, and deserts that create themselves". Analog 128 (6): 38–45. June 2008. 
  • "Here be there dragons: the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and other mysteries of an explored planet". Analog 128 (10). Oct 2008. 
  • "Mark Niemann-Ross [Biolog]". Analog 128 (10). Oct 2008. 
  • "David Bartell [Biolog]". Analog 128 (12): 7. Dec 2008. 
  • "Green nanotechnology". Analog 128 (12): 22–28. December 2008. 
  • "James Eric Stone [Biolog]". Analog 129 (4): 49. April 2009. 
  • "Geology, Geohistory, and "Psychohistory": The (Continuing) Debate Between Uniformitarians and Catastrophists". Analog 129 (5): 23–29. May 2009. 
  • "Craig DeLancey [Biolog]". Analog 129 (6). June 2009. 
  • "From Atlantis to canoe-eating trees: geomythology comes of age". Analog 129 (9): 32–38. Sep 2009. 
  • "William Gleason [Biolog]". Analog 129 (10). October 2009. 
  • "Plate tectonics, Goldilocks, and the Late Heavy Bombardment : why Earth isn't Mars or Venus". Analog 129 (12): 21–27. Dec 2009. 
  • "Kristine Kathryn Rusch [Biolog]". Analog 130 (1&2). Jan–Feb 2010. 
  • "Christopher L. Bennett [Biolog]". Analog 130 (3): 63. March 2010. 
  • "Brenda Cooper [Biolog]". Analog 130 (4): 7. April 2010. 
  • "What's in a Kiss? The Wild, Wonderful World of Philematology". Analog 130 (4): 37–42. April 2010. 
  • "David W. Goldman [Biolog]". Analog 130 (5): 58. May 2010. 
  • "Henry Honken [Biolog]". Analog 130 (6): 7. June 2010. 
  • "Artificial Volcanoes: Can We Cool the Earth By Imitating Mt. Pinatubo?". Analog 130 (7&8): 40–45. July–August 2010. 
  • "Visit to the Forgotten Planet: What Scientists are Learning as MESSENGER Prepares to Orbit Mercury". Analog 130 (10). Oct 2010. 
  • "Phantom Science". Analog 130 (11): 38–43. Nov 2010. 
  • "Juliette Wade [Biolog]". Analog 131 (1&2): 27. Jan–Feb 2011. 
  • "Brad Aiken [Biolog]". Analog 131 (3): 45. March 2011. 
  • "Adam-Troy Castro [Biolog]". Analog 131 (4): 27. April 2011. 
  • "David Levine [Biolog]". Analog 131 (6): 73. June 2011. 
  • "Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Is Missouri Really America's Most Dangerous Earthquake Zone?". Analog 131 (9): 17–23. Sep 2011. 
  • "Brad R. Torgersen [Biolog]". Analog 131 (9): 103. Sep 2011. 
  • "Poisons, Temperature, and Climate Change: Will Global Warming Make Everything Else Worse?". Analog 131 (12): 20–27. Dec 2011. 
  • "Sean McMullin [Biolog]". Analog 132 (1&2): 97. Jan–Feb 2012. 
  • "Alec Nevala-Lee [Biolog]". Analog 132 (3): 41. March 2012. 
  • "Planets (Oops, Planetoids) X, Y, Z and W: What the Kuiper Belt Teaches About the Dawn of the Solar System". Analog 132 (4): 22–29. April 2012. 
  • "Fluffy Impact: What LCROSS Found When It Hit the Moon". Analog 132 (7&8): 44–49. July–Aug 2012. 
  • "Howard V. Hendrix [Biolog]". Analog 132 (7&8): 117. July–Aug 2012. 
  • "Sarah K. Castle [Biolog]". Analog 135 (11): 52–53. July–Aug 2012. 
  • "Jay Werkheiser [Biolog]". Analog 135 (10): ?. October 2012. 
  • "The Day the Sun Exploded". Analog 135 (11): 21–27. Nov 2012. 
  • "Guest Alternate View: Traditional Mousetraps". Analog 135 (11): 54–57. Nov 2012. 
  • "Paul Carlson [Biolog]". Analog 135 (12): 65. December 2012. 
  • "Robert Scherrer [Biolog]". Analog 136 (1&2): ?. Jan–Feb 2013. 
  • "Waves of the Future: Where Will the Next Tsunami Strike?". Analog 133 (6): 21–28. June 2013. 

Writing Articles[edit]

  • "How to write something you don't know anything about". Analog 127 (1&2). Jan–Feb 2007. 
  • "Hook, lure, and narrative: the art of writing story leads". Analog 128 (7&8). Jul–Aug 2008. 
  • "Making unreality ring true: writer's tricks for bringing stories to life". Analog 130 (1&2): 52–55. Jan–Feb 2010. 
  • "The Serious Business of Writing Humor". Analog 130 (7 & 8): 122–126. July–Aug 2010. 
  • "Writing Fiction: About Yourself". Analog 131 (1&2): 122–125. Jan–Feb 2011. 
  • "More Than Plot and Character: the Story-telling Secret of Narrative Voice". Analog 131 (7&8). July–Aug 2011. 
  • "Theme: The Art of Writing 'About' Something". Analog 132 (1&2): 115–119. Jan–Feb 2012. 
  • "Real Talk: The Fine Art of Writing Dialog". Analog 132 (7&8): 50–57. July–Aug 2012. 
  • "Time, Place, and Wonder: The Use of Setting in Short Fiction". Analog 133 (1&2): xx–yy. Jan–Feb 2013. 
  • "From Idea to Story (or Why "High-Concept" is Only the Beginning)". Analog 133 (9): 72–77. Sep 2013. 
  • "Foreshadowing and the Ides of March: How to (Sort Of) Hint at Things to Come". Analog 134 (7&8): 96–101. Jul–Aug 2014. 

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Lovett, Richard. "The Winning Athletes". Psychology Today. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Richard A. Lovett (Author of The Essential Touring Cyclist)". Goodreads.com. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
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  10. ^ "Asimov's Readers' / AnLab Awards". Sci Fi Log. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Analog, July/August 2013
  12. ^ Analog Science Fiction and Fact tables of contents and annual story indexex
  13. ^ "Red Lizard Running Club". Redlizardrunning.com. August 3, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bernard in Olympic marathon trials – Mauinews.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Visitor's Information". The Maui News. June 30, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ "TRL's Amanda Rice Wins Shamrock 15K | Red Lizard Running Club". Redlizardrunning.com. March 17, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
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  17. ^ "Much Ado About Minimalism | Running Times Magazine". Runningtimes.com. June 28, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
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  19. ^ Titles: Freewheelin': A Solo Journey Across America (1992), The Essential Touring Cyclist (1994, 2000 2d ed.), The Essential Cross-Country Skier, Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running (2001), Alberto Salazar's Guide to Road Racing (2002).

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