Gray Rinehart retired from the U.S. Air Force after a rather odd career. He began as a Bioenvironmental Engineer, became a project engineer, then became a space and missile operator. Over the course of his career, he kept rocket propulsion research operations safe, fought fires as head of a Disaster Response Force, trained Air Force ROTC cadets, refurbished space launch facilities, “flew” Milstar satellites, drove trucks, processed nuclear command and control orders as an Emergency Actions officer, commanded the Air Force’s largest satellite tracking station, protected militarily critical space technologies, and wrote speeches for top Air Force leaders.
Gray’s is a Contributing Editor for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and other venues. Through a quirk of fate, his story “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium” was a finalist for the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. He is also the author of a variety of essays, articles, and other nonfiction, and a singer/songwriter with two albums that feature science-fiction-and-fantasy-inspired songs.
Gray’s “alter ego” is the Gray Man, a famous ghost of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. For more information, visit http://graymanwrites.com/.