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Tomas L. Martin
6 March 1985
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I'm 25, from Swansea, South Wales. I graduated with a Masters in Physics and Astrophysics at Bristol University in July 2008 and liked it so much I stayed on. In September 2008 I started a three year PhD program sponsored by Great Western Research and Wind Prospect, studying in the University of Bristol's Chemistry, Physics and Engineering departments, as well as the University of Bath and as Solar Analyst for the Wind Prospect Group. My research topic is lithiated nanodiamond thermionics for concentrated solar power generation - basically using lithium doped diamonds to convert heat from sunlight into electricity. Later this year I will finish my studies and start working full time in the solar power sector.

I write a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy, but lots of different stuff comes out. What I do write alternates between dark, mostly urban fantasy and cyberpunky, action-orientated science fiction. Characters so far have included a revolution leader turned prophet determined to kill himself, a stoner in a French town hit by meteorites, a telecommunications engineer with Parkinson's trying to build a cable in a sludgey toxic Atlantic, and a hard-boiled detective in a submerged, post-earthquake London. As of September 2005 I'm working on an urban fantasy novel crossing the club scenes of Bristol, England with a interlinked world where objects are shadowy and emotions are visible and manipulatable. It's called 'Iridescence and Light'. I am also working on a near-future science fiction young adult novel about climate change and democracy, called 'Open City'.

My story 'A Shogun's Welcome' was published in April 2006 edition of the print and online magazine Aberrant Dreams (http://www.hd-image.com/aberrant_dreams/) A Sequel, 'The Shogun and The Scientist' will be in the anthology 'The Awakening' and 'Some Things Never Change' was in the anthology 'Satirica'.

In 2010 my short short story 'Activation' was accepted by Nature Futures and can be read at http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v467/n7313/full/467362a.html

In 2011 my short stories 'Tremors' and 'Harmonic' will appear in Digital Science Fiction and the anthology Transtories.

My 'Tremors' was a semifinalist in the 4th quarter of Writers Of The Future 2007, whilst 'Lycanthropy is Medicine Too' reached the semifinal in the 4th quarter of 2010. Four more stories have been honourable mentions.. I was the second highest ranked player of the collaborative fiction project worldwithoutoil.

I write book reviews for http://www.sfcrowsnest.com and have blogged for http://www.futurismic.com

in July 2002 I went to Alpha, a writing workshop in Pittsburgh, Pa, usa. I loved it. In 2003 I was a teaching assistant. check out the website: http://alpha.spellcaster.org/index.html

I was the coordinator of the UK National Student Film Festival for 2008, Screentest, held in the University of Bristol Union. For more details go to the festival website: http://www.screentestfest.org.uk

http://www.last.fm/user/darrkespur/ is a good place to go to catch up with what I'm listening to.
a perfect circle, acceptance letters, alpha workshop, anime, appleseed cast, at the drive-in, battlestar galactica(2003), ben folds five, ben kweller, beth orton, biffy clyro, brand new, bright eyes, bristol, cake, camden town, cats, chasing amy, china mieville, coheed and cambria, coldplay, comics, confluence, cowboy bebop, critiquing, cyberpunk, damien rice, dashboard confessional, dave matthews band, death cab for cutie, diane turnshek, dogma, donnie darko, elliott smith, emo, everclear, f&sf, fantasy, far, final fantasy vii, ghost in the shell, gig reviewing, glassjaw, godspeed! you black emperor, graham greene, gundam wing, high fidelity, human pillows, incubus, indie, iron and wine, italian, italy, jeff buckley, jhonen vasquez, jimmy eat world, kevin smith, lord of the rings, lost in translation, love, mafia, making things beautiful, mallrats, matrix, meeting new people, metal gear solid, meteor showers, michael marshall smith, michael swanwick, michail velichansky, milan kundera, miyazaki, mogwai, muse, music, mustangs, neal stephenson, neil gaiman, new end original, nick drake, nick hornby, nitin sawhney, oceansize, onelinedrawing, orson scott card, paul simon, people-watching, phillip k. dick, pinback, pittsburgh, pleasantville, poetry, radiohead, random words, rejection letters, rem, rocky votolato, rufus wainwright, sandman, science fiction, screenwriting, sigur rós, singing, smashing pumpkins, spaced, sparta, speculative fiction, star wars, steve mcqueen, summer rain, sunset clouds, tai chi, tarot, the ataris, the decemberists, the juliana theory, the mars volta, the postal service, the shins, tolkien, tool, tottenham hotspur, train journeys, verona, wen spencer, wilco, writing, writing scripts, xenogears

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