Richard A. (Rick) Lovett is an award-winning science fiction author, science writer, sports writer, adventure-travel writer, and distance-running coach.
His 3,000+ articles have appeared in Nature, Science, Scientific American, New Scientist, Running Times, The Economist, Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and more than 100 other magazines and newspapers. His specialties include earth science, analytical chemistry, profiles, exercise physiology, environment, sports medicine, coaching, sports psychology, nutrition, toxicology, and adventure travel.
He is also a photographer with more than 120 newspaper and magazine layouts, including two magazine covers.
Rick's first science fiction sale came in 2003, the novelette "Equalization," which made the cover of Analog Science Fiction and Fact(the magazine in which Isaac Asimov got his start). He now has 45 short stories, novelettes, and novellas to his credit. In addition to Analog, his science fiction has appeared in Cosmos (pending), Nature, Running Times, Abyss & Apex, Marathon and Beyond, and Wisconsin Magazine. His work has also been translated into Russian, Polish, Portuguese, and Finnish.
Three novelettes and one novella, "Tiny Berries," "Netpuppets," "Phantom Sense," and "Jak and the Beanstalk" (the middle two cauthored with Mark Niemann-Ross) have won Analog's Analytical Laboratory (reader's choice) award. The Russian version of his novella "Brittney's Labyrinth" (part of his Floyd and Brittney series), won Russia's Sigma Award for the best translated story of 2008. Reprints of these and other stories (in English!) can be found on fictionwise.
Rick's work for Analog includes not only fiction but also a mix of science articles, profiles of other writers, and articles on short story writing (soon to be reprinted in the SFWA Bulletin). He has now appeared in Analogmore than 110 times, placing him second on the all-time list, ahead of Isaac Asimov.
Before turning to writing, Rick acquired a B.S. in astrophysics from Michigan State University, a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (2nd in his class), and a Ph.D. in Economics, also from the University of Michigan.
He taught law at the University of Minnesota, worked for a chemical engineering firm, and taught Environmental Studies and Economics at California State University, Sacramento. He also held a research position in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University.
Rick's life changed in 1986, when he sold his first newspaper article to The Sacramento Bee. Shortly after, he bicycled 5,400 miles from California to Maine. The resulting book, Freewheelin': A Solo Journey Across Americaacquired a cult status among cyclists. He followed it with The Essential Touring Cyclist, then branched out with books about skiing and running, including Alberto Salazar's Guide to Road Racing, coauthored with marathon and coaching great, Alberto Salazar. These and other sports books can be found here.
In 1990, he moved to his present home in Portland, Oregon, where he has been writing full-time, ever since.
Unlike most writers, he has no cats. He has, however, had a rock singer for a housemate.