About Doc Travis

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Travis Shane Taylor is a born and bred southerner and resides just outside Huntsville, Alabama. He has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a Master’s degree in Physics, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a Master’s degree in Astronomy from the Univ. of Western Sydney, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Alabama.

Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He is currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space based beamed energy systems, future combat technologies and systems, and next generation space launch concepts. He is also involved with multiple MASINT, SIGINT, IMINT, and HUMINT concept studies.

He has published over 25 papers and the appendix on solar sailing in the 2nd edition of Deep Space Probes by Greg Matloff.

His first science fiction novel is, Warp Speed, and his second is The Quantum Connection published by Baen Publishing. He is also working on two different series with best-selling author John Ringo also by Baen Publishing. He has several other works of both fiction and nonfiction ongoing.

Travis is also a Black Belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, races mountain and road bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He currently lives with his wife Karen, his daughter Kalista Jade, two dogs Stevie and Wesker, and his cat Kuro.

Thanks Doc Travis...

Very impressive and more to the point proud to see a southerner remain a southerner. Growing up on a large farm in east Texas, I spent many days looking up into that clear blue sky (or huge star filled skies) in awe, wondering what was up there and if I could ever learn anything about it. Being from a very small town, I had little or no exposure to such things (three channels on the TV back then, and two were snowy). You are truly inspirational and I wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of exploration with us. I absolutely LOVE your show and am burning through your books starting with One Day on Mars (which is awesome). 40 years after that little guy spent his days playing in a hay field, I have three daughters and much broader perspectives on life. I've shared your books with them and as they watch your show, hear you talk and see the wheels turning in your head, they too are inspired to go beyond our small little town and explore what's out there. I couldn't be more proud! Thanks Doc Travis. You and your family always have a place to go fishin here in Texas!!!

Wes, Jan, Gracey, Rachel, and Lauren
Athens, TX


All I have to say is, WHEN DO YOU SLEEP?? You have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. My wife and I were watching The Universe on the History channel and her being from Louisiana and me being from Texas, we both love seeing a scientist with a southern accent. This being due to how hollywood has maligned southerners for decades. So we looked you up.
Good job! Keep making us proud and give Karen a hug from us for her understanding in all that you endeavor.

Austin, TX

Just got Planetary Defense myself

I started reading it and I am only part way through it (skimming some first and then reading as I have time...I have a LOT of great books to go through and some to reread). It is excellent and I hope some people are paying attention! I plan on talking about it on my college radio show some this fall.

Also have WS and TQC, read both of them and loved them...reviewed WS on my show too. Now I have to start DOM and and then TCA as well. Then reread VNW and the other collaborations with John Ringo.

Quick question though...I just got my amateur radio license and I need to do a senior project for college. Any ideas/suggestions of what to do to combine the two? I'm thinking of an embedded repeater solution that is solar powered, radio independent, and encrypted, 50W max transmit but I am looking for anything potentially useful combining Computer Science and my love of communications, networking, and science "fiction."

Thanks and keep up the great work!

Gerald (Gerry) Martin
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LongwoodGeek on AIM
www.wmlu.org (DJ Geek & Chief Engineer)

Interplanetary Defense

Excellent book! Hopefully this will receive more attention and the respect that it deserves.

We share many interests and passions. With your background, I would suggest looking into qigong. I bet you would find it worthwhile in many ways...

Good luck!


Okay, so when do you have time for a Private (read real) life? Sheesh! And some of the people at the hospital where I work think I'm bad.


WikiPedia Entry -- Sorry if you're insulted by the reference to Mary Sue, but Doc Carsons is a pretty obvious parallel to Doc Taylor.