Dr. Robert Runté is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for over 30 years. He was a founding Director of NonCon, Context89,, and SF Canada; and has served on the Boards of the Edmonton Science Fiction and Comic Arts Society, On Spec Magazine, Tesseract Books, and The Writers Guild of Alberta. In addition to dozens of conference papers, journal articles, book chapters, and a half dozen entries in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada , Robert has edited over 150 issues of various SF newsletters.
In 1989, his Guide to Canadian Science Fiction won an Aurora Award; he won a second Aurora in 1990 for his general promotion of Canadian SF. In 1994 he was honored as Fan Guest at the 52nd WorldCon, and in 1996 he co-edited (with Yves Meyard) the Tesseracts5 SF anthology. More recently, he has been a regular reviewer for NeoOpsis Magazine, and was the scholar Keynote Speaker at the Academic Conference on Canadian SF&F, June, 2013.
In terms of non-fiction, he has co-edited (with Gerald Taylor), a popular first year textbook, Thinking About Teaching: An Introduction and produced a number of educational websites in the "Tigana learns about..." series.
His most recent book chapters were on the student construction of the demands of academic writing; using blogs as research tool and data; the Introduction/Afterword to H. A. Hargreaves' North By 2000+, and an introduction to Curious if True: The Fantastic in Literature July, 2012.
He is currently Senior Editor with Five Rivers, where he edits both fiction and non-fiction. Titles edited by Dr. Runté currently in press:
Susan Bohnet, My Life as a Troll (Fall, 2013)
Leslie Gadallah, The Legend of Sarah (Fall, 2013)
Most freelance developmental editing is necessarily confidential, but a recent example of his acknowledged freelance copy editing is Dave Duncan's The Death of Nnanji, the long awaited fourth book of the Seventh Sword series (from E-Reads, April 2012).
Dr. Runté was interviewed on the importance of editing on Mike Plested's Get Published podcast.
He has also just finished the first draft of his own first novel, and will be the first to concede that editing a novel is a lot easier than writing one. (see the Writer, the Editor, and Human Nature to read about Robert's experience being on the author end of thorough editing.)