tom_hTS Hottle is a software developer from Cincinnati. Originally from Cleveland, he grew up on a steady diet of Star TrekStar Wars, and anything else with explosions and starships he could find.

For 15 years, he wrote crime fiction under the name Jim Winter shifting his focus to his first love, namely scifi.

In 2015, he introduced The Compact Universe, a different take on humanity’s future, beginning with the serialized novella The First One’s Free.

When not doing software, building web sites, or writing, he can be found watching Office Space over and over again.

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