My name is Midge Baker. I was born in Covina, CA and grew up in the Los Angeles area.
I got my BA in Philosophy in 1973, having worked my way through college tutoring
Natural Deductive Logic. I am a former Star Trek "fan writer", with several stories and a
novella published in the ST fanzine "Elysia", from 1986 to 1991. My Tribute to
Challenger, "Red Sky In Mourning Glory" was also published there, and in the Company
Newsletter at Bank of America #791.
My full work history is quite varied. I have been a tutor; school bus driver;
instructional aide for aphasic children; real estate loan service clerk; gas station cashier/assitant manager/manger; inventory auditor; punchpress operator; forklift driver; electrical-harness tester; and CNA . I am married, and my husband and I have experienced homelessness several times in the last decade. Together, we have worked as a migrant workers; day laborers at a recycling yard; carnival rider operators; ranch caretakers; orchard caretakers; cement spreaders; ditch diggers; landscapers; and many more jobs I can't remember. While we still lived in Oregon, we once lived for several weeks on the nickel deposit on aluminum cans, and on glass and plastic bottles. Most recently, I worked as an overnight stocker for Wal-Mart for nearly two years, until I was forced to quit because of ill health and related job stress. My husband had been ill and unable to work for two years. He is recovered now, and is working fulltime as the Leadman for a recycling yard. We also own several domains, websites, blogs and
forums. Our online business is Stufrsumpn Company.
I met Jacqueline Lichtenberg in 1987, at a Science Fiction Writer's Convention in Harrisburg, PA. Jacqueline was one of the Panelists (Along with Marion Zimmer Bradley!), and I was one of the Participants.
I am also the owner and Founding Member of SciFiFantaClub, for writers, artists, and anyone else who wants to join. We are especially looking for a few good writers who would be willing to help encourage and teach new writers with less skill. It gives me great pride to say that Jacqueline has accepted an Honorary Membership in SciFiFantaClub. She has been instrumental in helping me to get the Club website hosted on Sime-gen, and in providing content for the Club Members Blog.
In late 2006, I volunteered as one of the Book Reviewers for Sime-gen. When then-Coordinator Laurraine decided that she would need to retire from her position, she asked for volunteers to take over her place. When I expressed an interest, I was "promoted" to Sime-gen Assistant Reviews Coordinator (in training). When Laurraine finally tendered her formal resignation, I became de facto Reviews Coordinator, in June 2007. I also wear several other "hats" at Sime~Gen. I write reviews and do author interviews. I am also the Gatemaster for the Reviews Picks pages and for our Star Trek Fandom "Elysia" pages, where my stories are being reprinted.
Winner 2008 Digen Award
My Sime~Gen Reviews:
Swamp Baby by Adra Steia
Old Town by Bill Vernon
The Burning by Jackie Tritt
Beyond Forever by Jackie Gould
First Communion by Jack Scolcock
Learning to Write the Easy Way by Dorothy Ann Skarles
The Blackgloom Bounty by Jon F. Baxley
Dreams and Daymares by Willa Okati
Muntu: The Curse of Multiples by Eugen M. Bacon
My Author Interviews
My "Asteria" Stories published by Elysian Publications,
(c) 1986-88 by Midge Clark Baker
To Live Long
Memories of Otherwhen
Red Sky in Mourning Glory
Touching and Touched
The Hitchhikers (c) 1999 by John and Midge Baker
Portrait of An Abusive Boss - or Why I Quit Wal-Mart
(c) 2007 by Midge Baker (unpublished)
(Untitled) (c) 1988 by Midge Clark (Baker)
A(t)TRIBUTE(s) (c) 1972, 2000 by Midge Clark (Baker)
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