Martin L. Shoemaker is a software developer and a science fiction and fantasy author. Working in software helps him to think about technology and its impact on our lives, which gives him ideas for his fiction; and writing fiction lets him explore how ordinary people work with new technologies and new ideas, which helps him to devise better software. So he plans to keep doing both for as long as he’s able.
Science Fiction Author
As an author, Martin has sold stories to the following markets:
- “The Night We Flushed the Old Town” in Therefore I Am: Digital Science Fiction Volume 2.
- “Father-Daughter Outing”, the cover story for Heir Apparent: Digital Science Fiction Volume 4.
His writing has also won the following awards:
- Writers of the Future, Quarter 1, 2011: Finalist, The Mother Anthony
- Writers of the Future, Quarter 2, 2011: Honorable Mention, Father-Daughter Outing
- Writers of the Future, Quarter 3, 2011: Honorable Mention, “Scramble”
- Writers of the Future, Quarter 4, 2011: Semi-Finalist, “A Most Auspicious Star”
- The 2012 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest: Second Place, “Scramble”
In addition, he has self-published two stories, and has more in the works.
Software Architecture Analyst
Martin is a software developer with 27 years experience in the industry. He has worked in the fields of color science, on-line shopping, databases, material handling, medical imaging, and customer relations management.
Martin is also a frequent speaker, having presented to Software Development West, Software Development East, Software Development Best Practices, Visual Studio Live, Visual C++ Developers Conference, UML World, Rational Users Conference, Web Services Edge, Rubi-Con, the Ann Arbor Computer Society, the Ann Arbor IT Zone, the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group, the West Michigan .NET User Group, the Chattanooga .NET User Group, the Grand Rapids chapter of the Information Technology Managers Association, and the Detroit Colour Council. As a speaker for the International .NETAssociation (INETA), he has presented to theOmaha .NET User Group, the Oklahoma .NET Users Group, the Tulsa .NET User Group, the Greater Lansing .NET User Group, and the Chicago .NET Users Group.
His most popular presentations are his UML courses, which he wrote and presents. He has presented this course both in public settings and for individual clients including:
- Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions
- Siemens Dematic – Rapistan Division
- Arthur Andersen Consulting
- University of Michigan
- SER Solutions
- Silicon Energy
- Sports Media
- Tyco International
- Best Software
- CCH Software
- Shaw Industries, Inc.
- Fleet Lease Disposal, Inc.
As a side effort in his UML work, Martin has written two books on UML:
- UML Applied: A .NET Perspective from Apress.
- Ulterior Motive Lounge: UML, 80s Flicks, and Bunny Slippers, the world’s first UML comic strip. Originally published online in 2009, this successful comic strip let Martin use humor and simple examples to teach UML to a wide audience. It is now collected in a version for Kindle.
Martin has worked as a consultant and mentor, offering his guidance and expertise to clients who need high-quality design services with UML, as well as custom software in the Windows and .NET environments. He describes himself as a Software Architecture Analyst because he likes to work to better define requirements in order to define the right architecture and design, using both Agile and Orchestrated practices. As he says, “I want to prevent mistakes, not clean them up later.”