Imurj Artist Member, Tom Ray, Publishes New Book
Hang out at Imurj on Tuesday afternoons and you will surely run into Tom Ray. Tom helps lead and is a member of the Raleigh Pubwriters Meetup Group. He has been working on a new book for some time, and has recently released the self published fiction title, Madman Across the Water.
Madman across the Water introduces the world to the fictional nation of Atlanteas. The world of 1801 had no idea that off the Atlantic Coasts of the Americas a civilization ahead of even today’s technology and power had thrived for over a thousand years. Seven Major Domes and Fourteen Minor Domes were home to 75 million Atlanteans, living with wonders not even imagined at the opening of the 21st Century. As the Industrial Age was revolutionizing the Colonial Age, slavery was in its final decades of influence. All the while a revolution builds for Atlanteas as well. Read More.
About Tom Ray – the Author
Tom Ray was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and grew up fascinated by aviation and
technology. By the age of 13, he had already taken his first flying lesson, flown model rockets,
and learned computer programming. Severe childhood burns ruined his dream of becoming an
astronaut, and lead him to focus on the science. Tom also began writing science fiction at that
time, which coincided with the first moon landing in 1969. Tom spends most of his time writing,
listening to Two Steps from Hell, keeping up with physics, astronomy, and space technology,
and catching movies with younger fiends. He can often be found at Imurj Artists’ Café with
the Raleigh PubWriters.
Tom attended North Carolina State University, originally to become a writer. Disillusioned by
poor prospects of making a living in journalism, he turned to engineering and technology, finding
it to be his forte. His career moved between aviation, nuclear power, instrumentation, high-tech
construction management, and ultimately arriving in IT as a database developer and one of the
first webmasters in the early 90’s.
Lifelong battles with depression lead to medical retirement in 2010. Ultimately, his passion for
writing science fiction was based upon a lifetime of experience seeing first-hand the impacts of
technology changing society. These experiences became the solid foundation for his writing. In
2013, Tom ultimately decided that he could not wait another 40 years to follow his dreams, and
he began research for the Histories of the Exodus series.
In 2014 Tom began expanding upon a theme dating back 40 years. The story had matured to
be much deeper and darker, delving into an understanding of hope, loss, people, conflict, life,
and the question of existence and faith after letting go of popularly held religious definitions of
what it meant to be alive. The first books of The Histories of the Exodus series explore these
questions in an alternate setting resembling today’s society in a way to make them pertinent to
how we now live and where we find ourselves heading as a society.
His lifetime creed has been “Everything is significant” based upon a quote by Henri Frederic
“What we call little things are merely the causes of great things; they are the beginning,
the embryo, and it is the point of departure which, generally speaking, decides the whole
future of an existence. One single black speck may be the beginning of gangrene, of a
storm, of a revolution.”