Research and taught physics for 34 years. Got hooked on SF in the late 1950s but have not read a lot of it in the past couple of decades, although I like Dan Simmons' HYPERION and ILIUM books. A WOT reader since mid 1990s - took a several-year break at one point b/c the novels seemed to drag and I wanted to wait for the end, but picked it back up around when KoD appeared.