Doc at BalticonLet’s begin at the beginning. Doc Coleman grew up in the 7th largest city in West Virginia. In any other state, it would have been a small town. He never dreamed of being a writer. He dreamed of being an actor, of making movies. He dreamed of going to space. He just didn’t dream hard enough. So he ended up working in IT.

But he always had a way with words, and he still wanted to tell stories.

One day a friend told Doc that it takes 10,000 hours to master a new skill. He didn’t know how true that was, but he did see something in that that was true: You don’t get better at things you don’t do.

So he set about getting better at writing.

He started a blog, writing about something he did know about: technology.

About six months later, he started writing short stories.

A guest spot on Galley Table’s second episode opened the door of podcasting. He continued on as the regular Galley Table’s stow-away, and went on to produce his own podcast, The Shrinking Man Project. His appetite for new media now whetted, he broadened his scope to include voice acting.

And he kept writing.

Doc’s stories have appeared in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences’ Tales from the Archives, the Way of the Gun Bushido Western Anthology, and the Steampunk Special Edition of Flagship magazine. In 2017 he published his first novel, The Perils of Prague, the first book in the series The Adventures of Crackle and Bang.

He has been part of the New Media Tracks at Balticon, RavenCon, and Capclave, and performed as part of Metamor City Live at Balticon 45, 47, 48, and 51, and the Stargazers live show at Balticon 46. He is currently the show runner for the Balticon Podcast, and will be continuing the tradition of news, panels, and interview at

When he isn’t juggling projects, making a living, or mainlining podcasts, Doc is a gamer, an avid reader, a motorcyclist, a home brewer and beer lover, a fan of renaissance festivals, and frequently a smart-ass. He lives with his lovely wife and two cats.