whswhs (whswhs) wrote in prometheuslfs,

Another personal introduction

I'm William H. Stoddard—"Bill" to my friends. I'm currently serving as vice president of the Libertarian Futurist Society, and as a member of the judging committees for the Prometheus Award and the Hall of Fame. I'm the member of the Board of Directors who's familiar with LiveJournal (I've been active since early 2005), so I volunteered to serve as maintainer for this group. However, setting it up was Geoffrey's idea in the first place, so I plan to serve mainly as an administrative facilitator for his decisions as group moderator. When I participate, it will be as a community member, and not as an official spokesperson.

I've spent my life working in various branches of the scientific publishing industry; currently I'm a freelance copy editor specializing in scientific and scholarly material. A small part of my income derives from my principal hobby, which is tabletop roleplaying games; I've written several books for Steve Jackson Games, starting with GURPS Steampunk and most recently including GURPS Fantasy. I've been active in the Libertarian Futurist Society for over twenty years; I edited the society's print newsletter, Prometheus, for several years, stepping down a year or two ago. I've been a libertarian since the early 1960s, when my ideas were influenced by Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, John Holt's How Children Fail, and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged—though I didn't learn the word "libertarian" until the very end of the decade.

I'll have more to say later; for now, I think this is a sufficient curriculum vita for this community.
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