By Chuck Rothman
I haven't always been a Mets fan, since I started following baseball one year too early. But I've been rooting for them since 1965, and is so much a fan that I actually remember Sean Fitzmaurice's big league debut, that Chuck Estrada was the winning pitcher for Tom Seaver's first big-league start, and that Newsday predicted the Mets would win the pennant in 1969. For forty years, he's been living and dying with the team. Mostly the latter, alas, but it hasn't shaken my confidence -- if you root for a team, you stick with it.
In real life, I work in the IT department at Siena College, near Albany, NY. In addition to wanting to play for the Mets, my childhood dream was to be a science fiction writer when I grew up. When I realized I wasn't going to grow up, I became one, anyway, with a novel (two if you count the e-book sequel) and about 30 short stories published in SF magazines (plug: my latest can be found in the February 2007 issue of Realms of Fantasy, on newsstands the first week of December). I've also been treasurer of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, business manager for the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and convention chair for the Albacon SF con.
I grew up in Southold, NY, at the far end of Long Island, but settled in Schenectady after going to college there. My wife Susan writes poetry; my daughter Lisa attends American University, and our cat Lightning lies around and naps when he isn't begging for food. My website is www.sff.net/people/rothman. Not much Mets stuff there, but there is my movie review site Great but Forgotten.