Doug Beason

Biography

Dr. J. Douglas Beason is the author of fourteen books, eight with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, including Ignition (bought by Universal studios' Joe Singer, producer of "Courage Under Fire") and Ill Wind, as well as two non-fiction books.


A Nebula Award finalist, Doug's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and he has written for publications as diverse as Analog, Amazing Stories, Physical Review Letters and Physics of Fluids to Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Science, Technology and Society. Doug and Kevin's novel The Trinity Paradox holds the distinction of being the first work of fiction ever nominated for the American Physical Society's Forum award for promoting the understanding of physics in society, and was the first novel ever reviewed in Physics Today.


A Fellow of the American Physical Society and Ph.D. physicist, Doug has over 30 years of R&D experience that spans conducting basic research to directing applied-science programs and formulating national policy. In 2008, he retired as the Associate Laboratory Director for Threat Reduction at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was responsible for programs that reduced the global threat of weapons of mass destruction. Before moving to Los Alamos, Doug completed a 24 year career as a US Air Force officer, retiring as a Colonel. His last active duty assignment was as the Commander of the Phillips Research Site (Kirtland AFB) and Deputy Director for Directed Energy at the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has worked on the White House staff for the President's Science Advisor under both the Clinton and Bush Administrations, as the key White House staffer for space science and technology. He has also served on a Vice Presidential committee headed by astronaut Tom Stafford (commander of Apollo-Soyuz and Apollo 10) to generate plans for the nation to return to the Moon and go on to Mars; directed an Air Force plasma physics research group; served in a dual appointment as an Associate Professor of Physics and Director of Faculty Research at the U.S. Air Force Academy; performed research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and was a special advisor to Auburn University. He recently served on the USAF Science Advisory Board, is on the Air and Space Power Journal Editorial Board and was previously Vice President of the Directed Energy Professional Society.


Doug is a 1977 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (dual B.S. in Physics and Mathematics), and holds an M.S. in Physics (University of New Mexico), an M.S. in National Resource Strategy (National Defense University), a Ph.D. in Physics (University of New Mexico), and was a military senior service school Distinguished Graduate from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. The author of over 50 scholarly papers, his book Science and Technology Policy for the post-Cold War: A Case for Long-Term Research, was awarded the National Defense University President's "Strategic Vision" award and was used as a textbook . He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and Life Member of both the US Air Force Academy Association of Graduates and the Science Fiction Writers of America. An Eagle Scout, he has lived in Canada, the Philippine Islands, and Okinawa. He graduated from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, VA, has been married 31 years, and is the proud father of two daughters.


He currently lives in Colorado and serves as Chief Scientist for the USAF Space Command.

Where to find Doug Beason online


Books

The Officer
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 112,990. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016 by WordFire Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Wild Blue U: Foundation of Honor - The Officer continues the historical saga chronicling the United States Air Force Academy. The Officer unveils the arduous training of America’s leaders, showcasing empathetic, larger-than-life characters set against a fascinating tapestry of historical fact.
The Cadet
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 137,140. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015 by WordFire Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Wild Blue U: Book 1 - The Cadet is an historical saga chronicling the founding years of the United States Air Force Academy. It unveils the arduous training of America’s future leaders, showcasing empathetic, larger-than-life characters set against a fascinating tapestry of historical fact — and places them in vivid, history-changing events that affect the course of the nation.
Lifeline
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 137,130. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 by WordFire Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
In shock and grief the last remnants of the human race watch from space as the holocaust of war rages across the face of the Earth. Now the future rests in the hands of three fragile space colonies. As allies, they could unite to rebuild a better world. As enemies, they could destroy mankind’s last hope for survival.
Strike Eagle
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 105,990. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014 by WordFire Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
AIR FORCE TWO WAS MISSING! When last contacted, Air Force Two, with the Vice-President of the United States aboard, was flying high over the Philippine jungle. On board was not only the Vice-President, but the “football” that gave him the power to initiate nuclear war. For in Washington, D.C., the U.S. President lay dying...
Return to Honor
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 69,680. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014 by WordFire Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Five thousand miles from the U.S., the president of the United States is facing death. In one hour, an American force will strike back—with the most daring rescue mission ever! The RDF—Marine Corps Rapid Deployment Force—can strike anywhere in the world in under an hour. Their secret weapon: the Trans-Atmospheric Vehicle is unproven. But its time has come.…
Assault on Alpha Base
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 61,020. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014 by WordFire Press. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Alpha Base. It’s the home of America’s nuclear stockpile, over 5,000 warheads protected by a formidable high-tech security system deep in the salt flats of Nevada. If Alpha Base is ever penetrated, no one on earth will be safe….
Virtual Destruction
Series: Craig Kreident, FBI, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,180. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2010 by WordFire Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
By Kevin J Anderson & Doug Beason When a prominent nuclear-weapons researcher is murdered in a Top Security zone, FBI investigator Craig Kreident is brought in. Written by two insiders who have worked at Lawrence Livermore, Virtual Destruction is not only a gripping thriller and complex mystery, but a vivid portrayal of an actual US nuclear-design facility.
Fallout
Series: Craig Kreident, FBI, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,880. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2010 by WordFire Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Only the Nebula-nominated collaboration of Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason could masterfully blend hard-as-nails high technology with hard-driving intrigue to deliver such an explosive thriller. FBI Special Agent Craig Kreident—the unforgettable hero from Virtual Destruction—returns in this breathtaking tour de force of terrorism, cutting-edge technology, and raw emotional power.

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