CDR Thomas A. Mays (Tom) is a 22-years-and-counting veteran of the US Navy, working as an officer in the surface fleet aboard destroyers and amphibious ships, as well as teaching and assisting with research into electromagnetic weapons and ballistic missile defense. He is currently the Commanding Officer of Assault Craft Unit TWO in Virginia Beach, VA. He has two degrees in Applied Physics, but his passion is writing (he tries not to let what he actually knows get in the way of telling a good story). An SFWA-qualifying short story author with 9 pro and semi-pro short stories published since 2009, a collection, and his first novel A Sword Into Darkness. He is working on a sequel as well as a collaboration with Chris Kennedy (among other projects) . Tom usually lives wherever the Navy tells him to (currently Virginia Beach), making a home for his three insanity-inducing kids,and a hyper Hawaiian mutt. Tom's blog, The Improbable Author, can be found at: http://improbableauthor.com/
Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Thomas A. Mays
Name of Event
Stealth in Space
Ross Hathaway moderates this panel on stealth. In space we have a problem Anything in space generates heat if it has the power to move or survive. Heat is very detectable against the backdrop of very cold space. How is this overcome?
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Dr. Robert Hampson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.
Are military support services (intel, engineering, logistics, medical, etc.) accurately portrayed in Military SF? Our blue ribbon panel of military experts will discuss where the best and worst descriptions can be found. Tom Mays moderates.