ROBERT KAREN (“Becoming Attached”) has written for New York, The Nation, and other magazines. He is the author, with Ralph Rosenblum, of When the Shooting Stops (1979). Karen’s most recent book is Top Dog/Bottom Dog (1987), about experiences of power and insecurity in everyday life. He is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology.

ETIENNE DELESSERT (cover artist) was born in Switzerland in 1941 and lives in Connecticut. Delessert has written and illustrated more than forty books. He has won numerous awards for his work, including four gold medals from the Society of Illustrators. Delessert’s next book‚ Ashes, Ashes, will be published in the spring.

GEOFFREY A. HOSKING (“The Soviet Union: The Paradox of Perestroika”) is a professor of Russian history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London.

SUSAN LEHMAN (“Justice: A Matter of Engineering”) has worked as a criminaldefense and civil-rights lawyer. She is now a free-lance writer specializing in law and crime.

EDMUND LEVIN (“Points of Departure”) is a television producer and a consultant on Soviet affairs. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Nation.

PETER SEARS (“Oil Spill”) is a community coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission, in Portland. His most recent book is Tour: New & Selected Poems (1987).

MAY SWENSON (“The Snowy”), who died last December, was the author of many books of poetry, including In Other' Words: New Poems (1987).

MADISON SMARTT BELL (“Black and Tan”) is a writer in residence at Goucher College. His latest collection of short stories, Barking Man, will appear this spring.

GUY BILLOUT (“Layover”) has received numerous awards for his magazine and advertising work, and has written and illustrated five children’s books.

WILLIAM H. YOUNGREN (“Serious Opera”) has written widely about music and is completing a doctorate in musicology at Brandeis University.

MARTIN AMIS (“Miss Jane’s Prime”) is a Special Writer for the London Observer. His most recent novel, London Fields, will be published in April. Amiss reconsiderations of classic novels appear from time to time in The Atlantic.

RICHARD SCHICKEL (“The Church and the Movies”) is a movie reviewer for Time.

RODGER P. DOYLE (“At Last Count: Men, Women, and Cancer”) is the president of Map Makers. His map in this issue will appear in a forthcoming book of maps tentatively titled The American Chart Book.

The February Almanac was compiled with the assistance of Gail Cleere, of the U.S. Naval Observatory; Ted Moncreiff; and Peter B. Johnsen, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.