This is part of a series of interviews sponsored by Baen Books with some of today's top military science fiction writers. Links from here point to Amazon for those who want paper copies, while links at Baen point to their electronic webscription service.
This segment covers how fiction, and an encounter with the late Carl Sagan (all too typical IMO), shaped not what he did in life, but how he went about doing what he does. There is also some discussion on moral versus financial imperatives (and motivations).
Travis S. "Doc" Taylor is a formidable man. He's earned not only a Ph.D. in optical science and engineering, but Master's degrees in physics, aerospace engineering, and astronomy and a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering as well. In his day job, he works on things such as advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, and future combat technologies systems (not to mention various ...INT studies). Add to that the title bestselling author and you have quite a package indeed. His fiction work includes Warp Speed, Quantum Connection, The Tau Ceti Agenda, and, One Day on Mars (forthcoming). He's also co-authored several books with John Ringo: Von Neumann's War, Vorpal Blade, Manxome Foe, and the recently released Claws That Catch. His non-fiction work includes Introduction to Rocket Science and Engineering and An Introduction to Planetary Defense