Tom has read science fiction since the fourth grade, had his first scifi short story published in the fifth grade school newsletter in Garden Grove, California, and his parents worked on the Saturn V Moon rocket testing in Huntsville, Alabama in the early 1960s. Born in Houston, Texas, he has worked as an archaeologist in the American Southwest and has traveled widely in Europe, Russia, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Other jobs have included short order cook, hotel clerk, legal assistant, telephone order taker, investigative reporter and newspaper editor. In past years, he was a Tennessee hippie and co-published the Shinjuku Sutra English language underground tabloid in Japan in 1967. He is a graduate of UCLA (M.A. 1976, in archaeology) and the University of Tennessee (B.Sc. 1971, in journalism). Hobbies include hiking, camping, reading ancient history, traveling overseas, studying cosmology and cultures, stamp collecting, chess, bowling and oil painting. His three grown children are Keith, Karen and Kevin. He is married to Cathy Herbison-Wiget.
Biography provided by the author, April 2010.