Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side . . . or maybe it's the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but his second-place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that! His Clarkesworld story Today I Am Paul received the Washington Science Fiction Society's Small Press Award, and was also nominated for a Nebula Award. It has been reprinted in multiple Year's Best anthologies and has been translated into eight languages. Others of his stories have appeared in Analog, Galaxy's Edge, Digital Science Fiction, Forever Magazine, and Writers of the Future Volume 31. His novella Murder on the Aldrin Express was reprinted in Year's Best Science Fiction Thirty-First Annual Collection and in Year's Top Short SF Novels 4. His novelette Racing to Mars received the Analog Analytical Laboratory Award.