T.C. McCarthy is an award winning and critically acclaimed southern author whose short fiction has appeared in Per Contra: The International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas, in Story Quarterly and in Nature. His debut science fiction trilogy, Germline, Exogene and Chimera were released in 2011 and 2012 to critical acclaim. In addition to being an author, T.C. is a PhD scientist, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Howard Hughes Biomedical Research Scholar, who served as a weapons expert in the CIA during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has never been fired on, nor fired a shot in anger, but is a recognized expert in future warfare and has been invited multiple times by USSOCOM to speak on the topic of future warfare.