Bradford C. Walker (B.A., M.A.) is a trained historian and writer born and bred in Minnesota, where he still resides because his family has been here for four generations and nothing short of a civil war will drag him away from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. He hopes, one day, to relocate to a lakeside home deep in the center of the northern lake country and stay there until he expires. The only city he needs is The Inner City of the Internet.
He is a life-long gamer (35+ years), starting with tabletop role-playing games in 1981 (specifically, Dungeons & Dragons), and remains active today; you can find him spending an hour or two in the evenings playing World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. He's dabbled in freelancing for the tabletop RPG niche in the past, and today makes stuff for this hobby as a hobbyist, so he's got informed opinions on gaming, design, and business that aren't totally off-base.
His emphasis as a historian in the skeptical inquiry of historical narratives, or "Checking to see what we're told isn't a lie." His Master's Thesis was just such an inquiry into the origins of John Locke's philosophy and publication thereof, and expanding that into a full-length book for a public audience--not other academics--is a goal he seeks to pursue. This will not win him friends in high places, but he doesn't care.
He's been a fan of science fiction, fantasy, and other genre fiction properties for decades- starting with the original Star Wars in 1977. (This include Lee Falk's The Phantom, and yes "Walker's Retreat" is (among other things) a reference to Walker's Table.) Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkien, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and Frank Herbert are on his Favorite Authors list; he enjoys--to varying degrees--the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Star Wars franchise, Doctor Who, and Inception.
He finds military history and weaponry--including firearms--fascinating, or "fucking awesome", and opposes all forms of gun/knife/etc. control everywhere. Yes, even on Mars. He knows his history, and therefore what always happens to disarmed peoples when the shit hits the fan- and he ain't going out like that.
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