Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker

Martin L. Shoemaker is a programmer who writes on the side… or maybe it’s the other way around. Programming pays the bills, but a second place story in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest earned him lunch with Buzz Aldrin. Programming never did that!

Martin's short story "Today I Am Paul" has been nominated for the Nebula Award for 2015. It originally was printed in Clarkesworld and has since been selected for four year's best anthologies and six foreign translations. His work has also appeared in Analog, Galaxy’s Edge, Digital Science Fiction, Forever Magazine, and Writers of the Future Volume 31. His novella Murder on the Aldrin Express was reprinted in Year’s Best Science Fiction Thirty-First Annual Collection and in Year’s Top Short SF Novels 4.


"Today I Am Paul". Nebula Award nomination for short story, 2015. Clarkesworld, August 2015; Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-third Annual Edition; The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One; The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy; Bli Panika (Hebrew translation); Galaxies Magazine (French translation); Visionarium (German translation); XB-1 (Czech translation); Nowa Fantastyka (Polish translation); Quasar (Italian translation).

"Murder on the Aldrin Express". Analog September 2013. Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-first Annual Edition; Year's Top Short SF Novels 4; Forever Magazine December 2015.

"Not Close Enough". Analog May 2013.

"Brigas Nunca Mais". Analog March 2015.

"Racing to Mars". Analog September 2015.

"Unrefined". Writers of the Future Volume 31.

"Il Gran Cavallo". Galaxy's Edge #5. Infinity Cluster (Digital Science Fiction Anthology 6).

"Pallbearers". Galaxy's Edge #7. Cosmic Hooey (Digital Science Fiction Anthology 5).

"The Night We Flushed the Old Town". Therefore I Am (Digital Science Fiction Anthology 2).

"Father-Daughter Outing". Heir Apparent (Digital Science Fiction Anthology 4).

Awards and Memberships

Writers of the Future, First Quarter 2014: Third Place, "Unrefined"

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award, 2012: Second Place, "Scramble"

Related Experience

I have 30 years experience as a programmer, and also as a course developer and instructor for software design.

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