Tom Kratman

Tom Kratman

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Tom Kratman is a political refugee and defector from the People's Republic of Massachusetts. The mechanism of his defection was enlisting into the Army in 1974 at age 17, which deeply distressed his high school (Boston Latin, founded 1635) as they thought he had "higher and better things" ahead of him. He served two years as an enlisted grunt with the 101st Airborne and one and a half with the 193rd Infantry Brigade in Panama, getting 2 years of college done in the process (when he wasn't in the field he was taking courses). At that point the Army gave Kratman a scholarship and sent him off to Boston College to finish his degree and obtain a commission. Tom graduated, cum laude, in 1980 and returned to the Army as an infantry officer. Tom served another three year tour in Panama, then more schooling at Benning, then 4+ years with the 24th Infantry Division near Savannah, Georgia. Fun times then ceased for a while, while he did two years in Recruiting Command. Saddam Hussein (UHBP) rescued Tom from this by invading Kuwait. He has been told that he was the only captain to actually escape from USAREC for the war. Tom arranged a transfer to Special Operations Command and went through the active part of the campaign attached to 5th Special Forces. He continued slurping at the Army trough until it became painfully clear that the bottom had dropped out of the militantly and violently aggressive anti-communism market and that he was not going to like the rather PC direction the Army (which was, arguably, the only thing he ever selflessly loved) was heading in. Among other things, Tom earned a Combat Infantry Badge and the Ranger Tab. Tom got out in 92 and went to law school. He hated it but was far too pig headed to quit. He became a lawyer in 95 and quickly realized that what he had felt about law school was but a pale shadow of true hate. Stayed in the Reserves and took every tour he could to avoid practicing law. And when the reserves had nothing interesting there was MPRI ("white collar mercenaries R us"). Saddam Hussein (UHBP) once again stepped to the fore and saved Tom from the continued practice of law. In February of 2003 the Army called him up to participate in the invasion of Iraq. Still, God has a sense of humor. While awaiting a flight over Tom was informed he had a 100% blockage in his right coronary artery (imagine his chagrin) and wasn't going anywhere fun anytime soon. Instead, he spent eight months stuck at Fort Bragg, then a few in the DC area, before finally being sent on to be on the faculty of the Army War College as Director, Rule of Law, for the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. Keep in mind that divine sense of humor previously mentioned. Tom retired in 2006, bored out of his gourd and finally ready to admit his love affair with the Army was over. He's returned to Virginia and, instead of practicing law, writes full time for Baen, Castalia, and Defy Media. (That means, NO, don't ask for legal advice because there's no more confidentiality with him. He's outa da bidnez.) His books published to date include Countdown: The Liberators, Countdown: M Day, Countdown: H Hour, Caliphate, A State of Disobedience, A Desert Called Peace, Carnifex, The Lotus Eaters, The Amazon Legion, Come and Take Them, and The Rods and the Axe. His collaborations with John Ringo include Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes, and, The Tuloriad. Tom's married to a (really beautiful) girl from rural western Panama. He and Yolanda have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Yoli and Tom make their home in Blacksburg, VA. His next book, A Pillar of Fire by Night, via Baen, is scheduled to be released on 23 October, 2018."

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Tom Kratman

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 03:00PM Autograph Session (Ikenberry, D. Kennedy, Kratman, Sanderson)

Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)

Autograph
Dealer's Room (M: Plaza A/B/C Ballroom)
(60 min)
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff

Event
CC: Ballroom E
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM Organizing for War: Not Just for but Especially for Writers

Tom Kratman presents Organizing for War - What it takes and how to get it right when explaining it from the writers perspective. Tom will have an autograph session during the last 15 minutes.

Presentation
M: Tennessee River Room
(120 min)
Sat 12:00PM Hollywood Science Fiction Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches

Hollywood Science Fiction themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!

Sat 02:00PM Baen Traveling Roadshow and Prize Patrol

Toni Weisskopf will be running the crowd through the best of what's going on in the Baen universe. (And there will be giveaways!)

Sat 05:00PM Masters of Military Science Fiction

David Weber moderates this discussion on the essential elements necessary to create good hard military science fiction.

Sat 10:00PM Readings from the Carreraverse
Tom Kratman moderates this roundtable with readings from the new Carreraverse anthology.
Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch

Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros

Event
M: Tennessee River Room
Michael J. Allen
Arlan Andrews
Steve Antczak
Lou Antonelli
Charity Ayres
Jonathan David Baird
Griffin Barber
Paul Barrett
Jim Beall
J. D. Beckwith
David Bogen
Karen Bogen
Scott Bragg
Brett Brooks
Douglas Burbey
David L. Burkhead
David (D.J.) Butler
Joseph Capdepon II
Anna Grace Carpenter
Rachel Cates
Jack Clemons
Julie Cochrane
David B. Coe / D. B. Jackson
Brian Cooksey
Jason Cordova
Bridget Correia
Larry Correia
Terry Culver
Jim Curtis
Doug Dandridge
Dr. Ben Davis
Jonathan Del Arroz
Kary English
Karen Evans
Kevin Evans
Robert S. Evans
Kacey Ezell
Eric Flint
Monalisa Foster
A. M. Freeman
Julie Frost
Karl Gallagher
Melissa Gay
Amie Gibbons
Peter Grant
Michael H. Hanson
Jonna Hayden
Louise Herring-Jones
Taylor S Hoch
Dan Hollifield
John Holmes
Teresa Howard
Rob Howell
Daniel M. Hoyt
Sarah A. Hoyt
Daniel Humphreys
Kevin Ikenberry
Steve Jackson
Bryan Jones
J.D. Jordan
Cecilia Star Kachina
Chris Kennedy
Dorothy Klapp
Tom Kratman
L. Jagi Lamplighter
Dina Leacock
D. Alan Lewis
Doug Loss
Tamara Lowery
Terry Maggert
Amanda Makepeace
Geoffrey Mandragora
Mike Massa
Edward McKeown
Megan Miller
Jim Minz
Nan Monroe
Laura Montgomery
Anita Moore
Nico Murray
Jon R. Osborne
David E. Pascoe
Mike Resnick
Gray Rinehart
William Joseph Roberts
Jay Roye
Philip Paul Sacco
Cedar Sanderson
Hans G. Schantz
Dave Schroeder
Julia Morgan Scott
Lydia Sherrer
Martin Shoemaker
Stephen J. Simmons
Benjamin Tyler Smith
Cathe Smith
Chris Smith
Andrew Souvinette
Kal Spriggs
Melisa Todd
Tiffany Toland-Scott
John Van Stry
Justin Watson
Toni Weisskopf
Rich Weyand
Dawn Witzke
Marisa Wolf
Chris Woods
John Wright
James Young
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM Reading: Tom Kratman & Michael J. Allen
Come out and have a seat as our author guest reads passages of their works
Reading
CC: Meeting Room 8
(60 min)
 
 
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