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David Elroy Goldweber was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. His parents were science fiction fans, and young David was fond of browsing through their piles of 1950s pulps. David's love for science fiction, horror, and fantasy goes back as far as he can remember.

He attended college at Vassar, then graduate school at NYU. After earning a PhD in English, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he has taught English classes ever since. He lives now in Oakland with his wife, son, and cat.


Goldweber has published literary criticism, humor pieces, op-ed pieces, a series of film articles for Forces of Geek, a series of articles for Scary Monsters, a history of Star Trek for the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, and a guide to Fantasy Films of the 1980s.

He wrote and revised Claws & Saucers over a 12-year period, 2003-2015. He watched one movie at a time, speaking into a hand-held tape recorder as he watched, playing back the tape afterwards to write the entries.


Check out Goldweber's film ARTICLES at Forces of Geek:


- 'Alien' Imitators

- 'Carrie' Imitators

- 'Exorcist' Imitators

- 'Omen' Imitators

- H.P. Lovecraft Movies

- Frog Monster Movies

- Owned by Satan!

- Attacking Hordes!

Toho Monster Movies sans Godzilla

- Go Go Godzilla

- Bigfoot/Sasquatch Movies of the 70s

TV Terrors of the 70s

- Mad Doctor Movies

- Blob Movies part I

- Blob Movies part II

Sword-and-Sandal Classics from the 60s

- Monster Nudies from the 60s

- Big Bug Movies of the 50s

- Top 6 Monsters in 80s Fantasy

- 'Star Wars' Imitators

- Italian Gialli from the 70s

- Stop-Motion Underdogs part I

- Stop-Motion Underdogs part II

- Stop-Motion Underdogs part III

- Voodoo Movies part I

- Voodoo Movies part II

- 'Road Warrior' Imitators part II

- 'Road Warrior' Imitators part III

- Sci-Fi Serials from the 30s and 40s

- Nutty Devices in Sci-Fi part I

- Nutty Devices in Sci-Fi part II
'Close Encounters' Imitators

- 'Gremlins' Imitators

- Teen Horror from the 50s

- Disney's First Five

- Alfred Hitchcock Primer

David Goldweber with Mark Voger on the Dan Schneider Video Interview, October 2016:
"Thank you for browsing these excerpts, fellow film fans. Claws & Saucers is your companion - not just for a few months or a few years of viewing, but for a lifetime."

Oakland, California, July 2012

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