A native Rhode Islander, Paul Di Filippo was born in 1954. A voracious reader from the time of the first grade, he encountered his first comic in 1961: MIGHTY MOUSE IN OUTER SPACE. This engendered a lifelong delight in the comicbook medium, and he has since gone on to write for both Marvel and DC. He dates the reading of his first “adult” SF book to fifth grade a few years later: THE YEAR WHEN STARDUST FELL by Raymond F. Jones. It was in this same year that he authored his first story: two laboriously typed pages involving Napolean Solo and Ilya Kuryakin. Thus he can claim to have his roots in fan fiction. In high school he wrote humor columns for the school’s newspaper, thus presaging his PLUMAGE FROM PEGASUS pieces that appear regularly in F&SF. After graduation in 1973, he plunged precipitously into fandom by attending Torcon II. By college, he had sold his first story, a homage/pastiche of Barry Malzberg’s canon. It took a few years after that to get up to speed, but by this date he has sold over 200 stories. Some thirty-plus books bear his byline. He lives in Providence, HPL’s burg, with his mate of forty years, Deborah Newton, but has yet to see a shoggoth or night-gaunt. However, some of the people here are just as strange. Learn more at paul-di-filippo.com.