Fred Lerner has been a librarian and bibliographer for more than forty years, and was one of the founders of the Science Fiction Research Association. His sole published story, "Rosetta Stone," appeared in Year's Best SF 5, where editor David G. Hartwell described it as "the only SF story I know in which the science is library science."

His nonfiction books are Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community (Scarecrow, 1985), collected essays A Bookman's Fantasy: How Science Fiction Became Respectable (NESFA, 1995), and The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age (Continuum, 1998; 2nd ed., 2009). His chapbook A Silverlock Companion: The Life and Works of John Myers Myers (Niekas/Borgo, 1988) and five other essays on Myers were included in NESFA's 2004 Silverlock edition.

Lerner lives with his wife Sheryl in White River Junction, Vermont, where he is Information Scientist at the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. As producer of the PILOTS Database, an online index to more than 46,000 publications on PTSD, he claims to have seen more literature on the subject than anyone on the planet.