Tom Kratman

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Tom Kratman
Born (1956-09-04) September 4, 1956 (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality United States
Ethnicity White
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Boston College
Genre Science fiction

Tom Kratman is a United States science fiction author specializing in the subgenre of military science fiction.[1] He is the editor of Riding the Red Horse, a military science fiction anthology.


A young Sergeant Kratman, 21 years old, on his way back to the jungle, circa 1977

Kratman was born in Boston, where he attended Boston Latin before enlisting, aged 17, in the US Army. 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.

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. 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 Lieutenant Colonel and became a full-time author.

In 2015, Kratman was nominated for a Hugo award for his novella Big Boys Don't Cry,[2] as a part of both the Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies slates.

Personal life

Kratman met his wife in Panama, and has three children and three grandchildren.[3]

Published works


  • The Amazon's Right Breast (2011) As part of Baen's Free Nonfiction 2011.[4]
  • Indirectly Mistaken Decision Cycles (2012) As part of Baen's Free Nonfiction 2012.[5]
  • Training for War (April 2014) (ISBN 978-1625793027), Baen Free Nonfiction.[6]

Stand Alone Works


  • Riding the Red Horse Vol. 1


Legacy of the Aldenata
A Desert Called Peace (Carrera) Series


  1. "Yellow Eyes". Publishers Weekly.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "2015 Hugo Awards". Retrieved 15 Jan 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Author Tom Kratman
  4. Free Nonfiction 2011, Baen Ebooks
  5. Free Nonfiction 2012, Baen Ebooks
  6. Training for War (April 2014), Baen Free Ebook
  7., Castalia House, February 24, 2014
  8. Tom Kratman - Baen Books
  9. Baen Books
  10. Baen Books

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