Tomas L. Martin is a science fiction and fantasy writer based in Oxford, England. His short fiction has appeared in venues such as Nature Futures, Digital Science Fiction and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. He is currently working on several novels as part of his role as co-lead writer of the Maelstrom’s Edge miniatures game, coming summer 2015.
He has also been involved in other projects in film and nonfiction, including as curator of Screentest, the UK National Student Film Festival, in 2008.
Tomas completed a PhD in semiconductor physics at the University of Bristol in 2011, researching a novel new solar energy device using artificial diamond. He subsequently joined renewable energy consultancy Wind Prospect, where he worked in the Advisory Services division.
Since recently, Thomas Martin is an essay writer and author in Handmadewriting.com. And here is what distinguishes Thomas from his competitors:
The writer’s view. It is the ability to notice important nuances and details that make up the situation or image. This is the ability to observe and draw conclusions, and notice what others do not pay attention to.
Creative thinking. This is the ability to pass through oneself what has been seen, heard, felt, to follow cause-effect relationships, and draw conclusions. From everything – from a seen situation, from an interesting phrase heard. This is the ability to describe the experience gained and find the right words for the needed essay.
Willingness to learn. Writing is not only a job. First of all, this is a study. And not only on literary materials and articles. You need to study in several areas at once:
- from one’s own experience – reread old stories or novels, look for flaws in them and think about how to fix them;
- through the opinions of others:
a) critics – take part in contests and look for the indicated flaws in the works;
b) reviewers and beta testers – look for mentors (for money, if necessary), request reviews, ask questions, look for these errors, and learn how to fix them.
- through the experience of others: participating in competitions, reading reviews of other works, looking for flaws indicated by reviewers in them. And look back at your creations – do you have something similar;
- through reading: reading books in the subject in which you writel. And learning to follow the author’s moves: how the writer represents the issue, how he describes the solution, how he builds his research, how he unfolds the plot.
Yes, Thomas Martin is ready to learn all the time. He does not plan to be limited to a couple of essays ordered or a term paper for the whole life.
In 2013 he returned to academia at the University of Oxford, where he is lab manager in the atom probe group. You can read more about his scientific work on the Science part of this website.
When not writing SF or doing scientific research, Tomas likes to cycle, listen to music, paint miniatures and indulge in every type of storytelling he can get his hands on.