Alan Elms is an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. He began his research career with laboratory studies of attitude change and of obedience to authority, but for the past 35 years he has mostly done psychobiographical research. In his mid-teens he contributed to several fanzines (see "The Model of a Science Fiction Fan" in the poetry section of his new website, , but when he started college he stopped reading sf and did not resume reading it until several years after he finished grad school. He co-founded the Personology Society and has been a president of the Science Fiction Research Association. His books include Social Psychology and Social Relevance (Little, Brown, 1972), which includes a discussion of Wilson Tucker’s sf novel The Long Loud Silence; Personality in Politics (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976), which includes a discussion of Tom Purdom’s sf novel The Barons of Behavior; and his magnum opus, Uncovering Lives: The Uneasy Alliance of Biography and Psychology (Oxford University Press, 1994), which includes chapters on Jack Williamson, Isaac Asimov, L. Frank Baum, and Vladimir Nabokov, as well as briefer discussions of Cordwainer Smith, John W. Campbell Jr., Robert E. Howard, and Kim Stanley Robinson. Uncovering Lives was selected by Choice magazine as a Best Book of 1995. Elms has been working way too long on a full-scale biography of Paul M. A. Linebarger, aka Cordwainer Smith, and he was also a co-founder of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award.