Tom Kratman

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Tom Kratman
Born (1956-09-04) September 4, 1956 (age 61)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Author
Language English
Alma mater Boston College
Genre Science fiction

Tom Kratman is a U.S. science fiction author and retired United States Army officer.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kratman was born in Boston, where he attended Boston Latin before enlisting, aged 17, in the U.S. Army.[citation needed]


He served with the 101st Airborne Division and in Panama with the 193rd Infantry Brigade. He then went to Boston College on an Army scholarship. Following his graduation Kratman was commissioned as an officer in 1980 whereupon he spent three more years in Panama followed by a four-year stint with the 24th Infantry Division. He was then part of the United States Army Recruiting Command, before serving with the 5th Special Forces Group during the Gulf War.[2]

Kratman left the regular army in 1992, and went to law school. He earned his juris doctorate in 1995, but remained a member of the United States Army Reserve and also worked for MPRI. He was recalled to the Army in 2003 for the Iraq War but was found to have a heart problem.[citation needed] He then spent time at the U.S. Army War College as Director, Rule of Law, for the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. Kratman retired in 2006 as a[3] Lieutenant Colonel and became a full-time author.[2]

Kratman was nominated for a Hugo award for his novella Big Boys Don't Cry in 2015,[4] as a part of both the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies slates, after a block voting campaign.[5] In the final voting, no award was voted for by WSFS members in the novella category.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Kratman met his wife in Panama, and has four children and three grandchildren.[2]

Published works[edit]


  • The Amazon's Right Breast (2011) As part of Baen's Free Nonfiction 2011.[7]
  • Indirectly Mistaken Decision Cycles (2012) As part of Baen's Free Nonfiction 2012.[8]
  • Training for War (April 2014) (ISBN 978-1625793027), Baen Free Nonfiction.[9]

Standalone works[edit]


Legacy of the Aldenata

A Desert Called Peace (Carrera)



  1. ^ Robson, Seth (1 July 2016). "Former troops building second careers in military science fiction". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Author Tom Kratman". Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "2015 Hugo Awards". Retrieved 15 Jan 2016. 
  5. ^ Walter, Damien (6 April 2015). "Are the Hugo nominees really the best sci-fi books of the year?". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Dean, Michelle (23 August 2015). "'No award' sweeps the Hugo Awards following controversy". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Free Nonfiction 2011, Baen Ebooks
  8. ^ Free Nonfiction 2012, Baen Ebooks
  9. ^ Training for War (April 2014), Baen Free Ebook
  10. ^, Castalia House, February 24, 2014
  11. ^ Tom Kratman - Baen Books
  12. ^ Baen Books
  13. ^ Baen Books

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