Martin Shoemaker

Martin Shoemaker


Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side... or maybe it's the other way around. He told stories to imaginary friends and learned to type on his brother's manual typewriter even though he couldn't reach the keys. (He types with the keyboard in his lap still today.) He couldn't imagine any career but writing fiction... until his algebra teacher said, "This is a program. You should write one of these."

Fast forward 30 years of programming, writing, and teaching. He was named an MVP by Microsoft for his work with the developer community. He is an avid role-playing gamemaster, but that didn't satisfy his storytelling urge. He wrote, but he never submitted until his brother-in-law read a chapter and said, "That's not a chapter. That's a story. Send it in." It won second place in the Baen Memorial Writing Contest and earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that!

Martin hasn't stopped writing (or programming) since. His novella "Murder on the Aldrin Express" was reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection and in Year's Top Short SF Novels 4. His work has appeared in Analog, Galaxy's Edge, Digital Science Fiction, Forever Magazine, Writers of the Future 31, Year's Best Military and Adventure SF 4, and select service garages worldwide. He received the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for his Clarkesworld story "Today I Am Paul", which also was nominated for a Nebula award and appeared in four year's best anthologies and eight international editions. The story continues in Today I Am Carey, published by Baen Books in March 2019. Another novel, The Last Dance, will be published by 47North in Fall 2019.

Learn more at http://Shoemaker.Space.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Martin Shoemaker

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 02:00PM Reading: Taylor Hoch & Martin Shoemaker

Come out and have a seat as our author guests read passages of their works

M: Lookout Mountain Room
(60 min)
Fri 03:00PM Autograph Session (Carpenter, Cordova, Ringo, Shoemaker)

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.)

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

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff and listen to our Guests of Honor speak!

CC: Meeting Rooms 4 & 5
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches

Space Opera themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak! Costumes optional!

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 From Pinplants to the Terminal Man: Can Science Build the Better Humans Envisioned by SF?

Brain implants are a common feature of Science Fiction.  Science is rapidly catching up with Science Fiction in developing computer interfaces, connection with robotic limbs, and the means to treat disorders of the brain. Science Fiction still holds the high ground with respect to downloading  memories and developing hybrid human-computer AIs and cyborgs; but Science is closing in with prosthetics and transcranial stimulation to treat a number of disorders.  What is fact?  What is (still) fiction? Where can science and science fiction go from here? Dr. Robert Hampson moderates.

Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch

Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros.

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