MATTHEW CHARLES “MAT” SCHECK is an automation engineer and freelance writer living in Philadelphia. He is a former US Army medic who participated in the casualty recovery missions for two of the worst military disasters in the 1980s, the 1987 USS Stark Incident and the 1988 Flügtag Air Show Crash. Mr. Scheck is a staunch liberal Democrat who advocates a European-styled social democracy for the United States. His greatest influence is the Canadian novelist and philosopher John Ralston Saul, whose seminal work Voltaire’s Bastards is Mr. Scheck’s favorite book. When not working or writing, Mr. Scheck spends far too much time rooting for his beloved Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, and Flyers. He also travels extensively for work and pleasure, which is made easier by his bachelor and childless status.