Mark Huston

Writing has always been on the list of "Things To Do" for Mark H. Huston, but he never seemed to get around to it, with life, family, career, and all of that stuff in the way. But the happenstance discovery of the 1632 series, which led to Baen's Bar, added with his long time interest in the "what ifs" of history came together in 2002. This combination finally gave him the impetus to get off his butt and write something.

Working with the 1632 community gave him a framework to begin his writing, make many mistakes, get support and feedback, and get better at it.

Mark makes his living as a sales engineer, and brings a deep background of technical problem solving to his writing. In addition, he has been a pipefitter, welder, HVAC repairman, sales manager, plant manager, engineer, actor, theater producer and director, playwright, racecar driver and fabricator for twenty-five plus years, auto mechanic, lousy student, mime, active church member and "religion junkie," factory worker, broadcaster, and a roadie. He claims not to remember a lot about the roadie experience, as it was in the early-mid 1970s.

He desires to become a better writer and storyteller, and check more things off his "Things To Do" list, before he gets too old to care about it. He writes a column for a local Chicago area real estate magazine, and has been published in the ASHRAE Journal.

Mark lives in the Chicago area, and is married to his amazingly loving and patient wife Kristin. They have three above average kids and a mongrel dog, or as Kristin says, "Five children and herself."

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Twenty-eight Men

Twenty-eight Men

January, 1635 The cold wind cut through to the very core of the men as they walked to the entrance of the mine. It was dark, well before dawn, in the dead time of the night. The cold was complete, a January cold, dry, harsh and sharp. Soon they would be down in the...
Safe at First Base

Safe at First Base

"I tell you, I saw it in the movie. Plain as the nose on your face. And you have a large nose, Johan. The up-time device looked just like this—" "Heinrich. Listen to yourself. Movies are like dreams; they are not real. This is reality." With that, Johan pointed...
Gearhead

Gearhead

It was quiet. Way too quiet. Of all the things Trent Haygood hated about the seventeenth century, the quiet was the worst. He missed the sounds of engines. Internal combustion engines. Hell, he'd be happy with some noise from a steam engine. As he sat on the front...
Seasons

Seasons

May, 1631 The old Buick slowly made its way through the dark countryside, headed away from the high school. The couple inside was elderly, cautious, and tentative on the road. It had been daylight when the meeting at the high school started, now it was well after...
Jenny and the King’s Men

Jenny and the King’s Men

And thus a mighty deed was done by Jenny's valiant hand,Black Prelacy and Popery she drove from Scottish land;King Charles he was a shuffling knave, priest Laud a meddling fool,But Jenny was a woman wise, who beat them with a stool! The column of soldiers advanced...