Richard A. Lovett writes & hangs out with runners

Richard A. Lovett is my professional name. Friends know me as Rick. I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but these days, I’m primarily a writer and running coach. The details are elsewhere on this site, but for now, I’ll cut to the chase:

Science writing. Over the years, I’ve written for Science, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, National Geographic News, Cosmos, and Popular Science. I’ve also written dozens of science articles for Analog Science Fiction & Fact. I’ve swept together 17 of my favorites into a book, Here Be There Dragons.

Science fiction. My work has largely appeared in Analog, but I’ve also sold to Nature, Cosmos, Apex & Abyss, Wisconsin, Running Times, Marathon & Beyond, and Generation. It’s mostly short fiction, although I’m considering turning a series of novellas into a novel. Some of my stories have been collected in a book, Phantom Sense & Other Stories.

Awards. I’ve won 11 of Analog’s Analytical Laboratory Awards, which is basically a reader’s choice award. They are split about equally between fiction and science. That makes me the most decorated writer in Analog’s history, which is something I still sometimes find hard to believe.

Sports writing. I don’t write about the latest scores; I write about how to improve your own game–generally in distance running, although I’ve also written  about bicycle touring and cross-country skiing. Recently, I write mostly for Peak Performance (in the UK), but in the past I’ve written for Running Times, Marathon & Beyond, and Competitor.

• Coaching. For a dozen years, I’ve coached  Portland, Oregon’s, 250-member Team Red Lizard. Six times, I have also had the privilege of coaching women for the U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials—twice each in 2012, 2016, and now, 2020.