Clayton Callahan has made his living principally in the “uniforms and guns” professions. Just out of high school in the 1980s he first served in the US Navy with an anti-terrorist unit. After 9/11 he enlisted in the US Army and is now an Iraq War veteran twice over. Between active-duty deployments, he’s worked as a deputy sheriff, a correctional officer, and as a federal special agent for US Army Counterintelligence (lots of great stories there, can’t tell any of them).
His focus is on science fiction but also has been known to dabble in spy thrillers, game design, and non-fiction works. Most of his work can be described as “old school.” In science fiction, he finds inspiration in the styles of H. Beam Piper, Spider Robinson and Harry Harrison. As such his SF stories focus heavily on the personal stories of the characters and not so much on the science of the future. In game design, he favors simply rules mechanics that can be quickly learned and create a fast paced game. In this, he was greatly inspired by his youthful experience at the Black Forest Hobby Shop in Kettering, Ohio–where folks tended to use simplified “house rules” over the more complicated systems available.
He currently lives in the Portland, Oregon area and loves the climate, the people and the culture with all his heart.