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Martin L. Shoemaker is a software developer and a science fiction and fantasy author. Working in software helps him to think about technology and its impact on our lives, which gives him ideas for his fiction; and writing fiction lets him explore how ordinary people work with new technologies and new ideas, which helps him to devise better software. So he plans to keep doing both for as long as he's able.
SCIENCE FICTION AUTHOR
As an author, Martin has sold stories to the following markets:
"The Night We Flushed the Old Town" in Therefore I Am: Digital Science Fiction Volume 2.
"Father-Daughter Outing", the cover story for Heir Apparent: Digital Science Fiction Volume 4.
His writing has also won the following awards:
Writers of the Future, Quarter 1, 2011: Finalist, The Mother Anthony
Writers of the Future, Quarter 2, 2011: Honorable Mention, Father-Daughter Outing
Writers of the Future, Quarter 3, 2011: Honorable Mention, "Scramble"
Writers of the Future, Quarter 4, 2011: Semi-Finalist, "A Most Auspicious Star"
The 2012 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest: Second Place, "Scramble"
In addition, he has self-published two stories, and has more in the works.
SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE ANALYST
Martin is a software developer with 27 years experience in the industry. He has worked in the fields of color science, on-line shopping, databases, material handling, medical imaging, and customer relations management.
His most popular presentations are his UML courses, which he wrote and presents. As a side effort in his UML work, Martin has written two books on UML:
UML Applied: A .NET Perspective from Apress.
Ulterior Motive Lounge: UML, 80s Flicks, and Bunny Slippers, the world's first UML comic strip. Originally published online in 2009, this successful comic strip let Martin use humor and simple examples to teach UML to a wide audience.