David G. Swanger (sounds like "longer") has written two essays for The New York Review of Science Fiction, both of which were fortunate enough to inspire Readercon panels. The first, "Mrs. Brown's Prefrontal Cortex: The Promise of Hard Character SF," appeared in the December 1999 issue; the second, "Shock and Awe: The Emotional Roots of Compound Genres," appeared in the issue for January 2008. He is not to be confused with the poet and professor at UC Santa Cruz named David Swanger; though David G. Swanger also writes poetry, he does not profess. He lives in Mobile, Alabama, where he hopes someday, when he grows up, to become a real live boy.