David G. Potter (April 3, 1947 – June 13, 2001) was a computer technician at California State University, Sacramento who was widely known for acerbic, scathingly humorous and knowledgeable postings to Usenet science fiction newsgroups. He assumed the name of Gharlane of Eddore as a Usenet pseudonym  for Usenet postings and carefully guarded his true identity for many years before his death. He is best known for authoring the Lensman FAQ and voluminous Usenet postings. He died on June 13, 2001 following a heart attack.
The Register said "no one will doubt that he was not backward in coming forward, the fact remains that he was a witty, well-read, traveled and caring man. In short, a good human being." David Langford wrote in Ansible that he was a "knowledgeable and opinionated... fan who posted copiously on Usenet as Gharlane of Eddore."
He posted as Gharlane from email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Up until 1992 he often posted as "email@example.com (Carl Kolchak)". Gharlane made his first appearance Sep 25 1992 in a posting to rec.arts.sf.written about the movie Sneakers. On May 7, 1993 he announced his Lensman FAQ in rec.arts.sf.written.
His pseudonyms in print publications included E. K. Grant and Gordon F. Shumway.
Fantasy author Tom Holt has dedicated two books to him. Alexander at the World's End (1999) is dedicated to "Gharlane My Imaginary Friend." Falling Sideways (2002) is dedicated "In memory of David Grant Potter (1947-2001) --And thanks for all the fish."
In 2001, after Gharlane's death, Holt wrote: "A request for information usually produced an immediate and definitive answer. As for his opinions, he fired them like cannon-shells; they were incendiary, capable of piercing the toughest armor, and they scattered their shrapnel right across the group, often starting flames that would flicker on for weeks after the original salvo. A point-blank broadside from the Eddorian was devastating. Return fire seemed to glance harmlessly off him, or else it overshot the mark and sailed harmlessly into the distance. [...] he lives on in the minds he opened, the people who came to fight and stayed to debate, listen and learn. Correspondences that started with anger and outrage from some victim of Eddorian grapeshot mellowed into long, fruitful correspondence. Hundreds of people swapped mails with him, part of a network of friendship that reached right across the world. The centre of that network is silent now, we can no longer draw from it the information, wisdom and joy we've become accustomed to. But Gharlane survives in each member of that network as a perspective, a way of seeing things, an ability to notice things of value that previously were overlooked or not recognised for what they are. We are no longer one, but at least we're many."
Potter earned a B.A. in English Literature and Mathematics from Immaculate Heart College of Los Angeles; and another in Linguistics from the State University of New York in Buffalo, New York; and a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from California State University, Sacramento. Potter continued to take graduate courses until his death.
Potter was employed by CSU Sacramento as a computer technician for many years prior to his death. Upon his death he was reportedly still driving the 1966 Volkswagen he got for his high school graduation.
David Potter may refer to:
David Potter (historian) (born 1957), historian of Greece and Rome at University of Michigan
David E. Potter (born 1943), founder of Psion
David M. Potter (1910–1971), American historian at Yale University
David W. Potter (born 1948), Scottish sports writer
Gharlane of Eddore (pen name) (1947–2001), pen name of David G. Potter
David S. Potter (born 1925), American politician and businessman
Dave Potter (politician) (born 1950), California politician, current Monterey County District 5 Supervisor
Dave Potter (Vermont politician), see Members of the Vermont House of Representatives, 2007–2008 session
Dave Potter (motorcyclist), see 1976 Dutch TT
David Potter, American election candidate in Ohio's 13th congressional districtGharlane of Eddore
Gharlane of Eddore may refer to:
Gharlane of Eddore (fictional alien), a character from the science fiction/space opera series Lensman by Doc Smith
Gharlane of Eddore (pen name), pseudonym used by the late science fiction author and critic David G. Potter