Rod Martin, Jr. is an award winning essayist and short story writer, plus a novelist, a graphic illustrator, fine artist, and software engineer.
Born and raised in Texas, he spent his teenage years in Maryland, near the nation's capital, graduating in the top ten percent of his high school class, in one of the most highly acclaimed school districts in the country.
In the late 1960's and early 70's, Mr. Martin was a divinity student, specializing in comparative religion and Eastern philosophy.
Mr. Martin spent most of his adult life in Los Angeles, working the greater portion of his residence there in the graphics industry. The highlights of his visual arts career include several one-person shows of his fine art, and background illustrations for the Saul Bass production of a Ray Bradbury story in the short film, Quest (Pyramid Media, 1984).
As a writer, he has won the Krupnick first place award for his essay, "Outsiderness in the Scientific Community," and the Dutton first place award for his short story, "Toady." He is co-author with John Dalmas of Touch the Stars: Emergence (Tor Books, 1983), and author of the recently published eBook, Edge of Remembrance (Tharsis Highlands, 2006).
In the realm of computer science, Mr. Martin graduated with a diploma in Systems Analysis and Programming, with honors. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Summa Cum Laude.