Martin L. Shoemaker is a writer and programmer who, as a kid, told stories to imaginary friends. Fast-forward through thirty years of programming, writing, and teaching. He wrote, but he never submitted anything until his brother-in-law read a chapter and said, That's not a chapter. That's a story. Send it in. It was a runner-up for the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award and earned him a lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! Shoemaker has written ever since. He is the author of The Last Dance in the Near-Earth Mysteries series, and numerous short stories and novellas, including Murder on the Aldrin Express, which was reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection and in The Year's Top Short SF Novels 4. He received the Washington Science Fiction Association's Small Press Award for his Clarkesworld story Today I Am Paul, which continues in Today I Am Carey. Learn more at www.Shoemaker.Space.