I became hooked on SF in 6th grade when my mother snuck me a book from the "adult" library. I fought with my High School English teachers about the superiority of the Lensman Series and E. E. Smith's "writing" over that of the "Classics" we were forced to read. I avoided all English courses in college because I was determined to become an SF writer -- so like many SF writers I knew, I majored in Chemistry. I've been a member of the N3F since 7th grade, and a member of SFWA since 1969. You'll find me on Linked-In, Facebook, Digg, LiveJournal, blogspot, and Goodreads plus a few other social networking sites.