Thomas A. Easton ("Tom") thinks the Readercon 5 badge in his collection marks the first Readercon he ever attended. Besides meeting old friends and making new ones over the years, Readercon is also where he met his wife, Kate Savage.

He is a senior member of SFWA, and (as Tom Easton) reviewed books for Analog for 30 years (1978-2008); collected reviews are in Periodic Stars (Borgo, 1997) and Off the Main Sequence (Wildside, 2006). He holds a doctorate in theoretical biology from the University of Chicago and teaches at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. His latest books are Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Energy and Society (McGraw-Hill, 2nd ed, 2012), Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Science, Technology, and Society (McGraw-Hill, 10th ed., 2012), and Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues (McGraw-Hill, 15th ed., 2013).

Over the years he has published about fifty science fiction and fantasy short stories and ten SF novels, of which his favorites are Sparrowhawk (Ace, 1990), Silicon Karma (White Wolf, 1997), and The Great Flying Saucer Conspiracy (Wildside, 2002; ebook 2011, Naked Reader Press). Other titles include four more volumes in the Sparrowhawk: Organic Destiny series, all from Ace: Greenhouse (1991), Woodsman (1992), Tower of the Gods (1993), and Seeds of Destiny (1994); Unto the Last Generation and sequel Stones of Memory (both Wildside, 2000); and Firefight (Betancourt, 2003). Two short fiction collections appeared from Wildside in 2000: The Electric Gene Machine (Organic Destiny stories) and Bigfoot Stalks the Coast of Maine and Other Twisted Downeast Tales. His most recent title, co-edited with Judith K. Dial, is the anthology of predictive SF stories, Visions of Tomorrow (Skyhorse, July 2010); he previously edited Gedanken Fictions: Stories on Themes in Science, Technology, and Society (White Wolf/Wildside, 1996).