Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features David Levine, who is displayed on card number 177 from the Science Fiction Collection. David is a multi-winning author with over 60 science fiction stories to his name. Numerous awards such as the 2006 Hugo Award for best short story and the 2017 Andre Norton award for his book Arabella of Mars. He is also a member of Book View Café, a writer-owned publishing cooperative. He is working on his third novel which will be coming out soon. You can find more information on David at his website, www.daviddlevine.com.
How early in your life did you know you would be a writer?
I started writing science fiction at a very young age. I wrote a whole SF novel in fourth grade. But I stopped writing fiction after I graduated from college and didn't start again until I was 37. I think it was at age 40 or so that I seriously started to identify myself as "an SF writer."
Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Tammy Coxen, who is displayed on card number 199 from the Science Fiction Collection. Tammy is what they call a SMOF (Secret Master of Fandom). She started working on fan-run conventions in 1997, eventually becoming chair of her local convention, ConFusion. After attending her first Worldcon in 2000, she became active in Worldcon fandom and has held a variety of area and division head roles. In 2014 she was the chair of Detcon1, the 11th North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). She continues to work on conventions near and far, large and small.
Are you still involved with science fiction today, and what role do you play?
I am still an active convention runner. I’m currently the Division Head for Member and Staff Services for Dublin 2019, An Irish Worldcon. I’m also active with Worldcon 76 coming up this year in San Jose, California, where I’m helping with the Retro Hugo presentation. On a more local level, I’m head of programming for Capricon, a regional convention in Chicago, IL.