About Me

Joshua A. JohnstonYou might say that I have a few writing interests.

Chief among them is science fiction. That passion took root when my dad introduced me to the sci-fi of television and film: Star Trek and Star Wars. When I was an adolescent, my mother (who had no interest in science fiction at all) began taking us regularly to the library, and it was there that I would discover, on my own, the fathomless domain of science fiction literature. Among my earliest reads were Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, and Heinlein’s Tunnel in the Sky. I like speculative fiction of all types, but I have a soft spot for well-paced space opera. It took me a while to find my own sci-fi voice, but I’m glad I did.

I also write a fair amount of nonfiction. I’ve dabbled in blogging going back to the pre-social media days of Xanga, and I still ruminate right here. I’ve also moonlighted as a writer and onetime senior editor for Nintendojo, a site devoted to Nintendo news, reviews, and editorials. (I still regret turning down that all-expenses-paid trip to fly out to California to demo Guitar Hero.) And I’m the Editor-in-Chief of the Aldi review blog Aldi Reviewer and an occasional guest columnist for the parenting blog Mumbling Mommmy.

By day, I teach American history and American government.

I am married to Rachael, a former copy editor and faith editor for a small market newspaper, and now a managing editor for the aforementioned parenting blog. We have two daughters.

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