Jim Beall (BS-Math, MBA, PE) has been a nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for over 50, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer. His experience began as a naval officer after surviving one of Admiral Rickover’s infamous interviews.
Civilian experience includes design, construction, and inspection at a nuclear utility, and architect-engineering firm, and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC). USNRC posts included field inspector, safety analyst, and reactor policy assistant to three different Presidential-appointed Commissioners and earning the agency’s Meritorious and Distinguished Service awards.
Duties of those policy-level posts included substantial research into alternative energy sources, including geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter.
Baen Books (baen.com) has published three of his non-fiction articles:
“Our Worldship Broke!”
“Case Studies in Handwavium”
“From Corvus to Keyhole — Shipyards: Past Present And Science Fiction.”
ative energy sources, as well as energy forecasts. Some of those other sources were coal, oil, hydro, geothermal, tidal, solar, wind, fracking, space-based, heavy water reactors, breeder reactors, fusion, and even anti-matter (mostly for the math and atomic equations). These studies were a necessary aspect for reviewing energy proposals, assessing technical reports, and drafting speeches.