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For our second edition of Cool SciFi's 10 Questions With... we talk with the guys behind StarTrek-Online.net. StarTrek-Online.net (STOnet) is a new Star Trek community dedicated to the Star Trek: Online game that is in development by Perpetual Entertainment for the PC platform. Star Trek: Online will be a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) set in the Star Trek universe. The timeline of the game will be in the 24th century with the events taking place after the TNG Nemesis movie but characters & storylines may come from all aspects of the Trek franchise. The current development schedule of the game anticipates a beta release in late 2006 with a production release in 2007. Q1: Can you tell us a little bit about the...
We speak to the British author Patrick G. Cox whose first novel Out Of Time is already out in print and his second novel, The Enemy Within, is just coming out. Both books are part of an ongoing series about a trio of nineteenth century sailors who find themselves transported into the near future where they face adventure amongst the stars. Q1: How did you find yourself coming to write Out Of Time? A: I’ve been fascinated by sci-fi from an early age, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Jet Ace Logan, Jason January were all my comic book heroes. My parents had a collection of Pan anthologies which included some sci-fi and it was through these that I encountered Arthur C Clark, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. Writing stories has been a hobby...
Melissa Mead first novel Between Worlds is about the Kankenni race who live underground under constant threat from humans and one half breed girl, Miska, who ventures into the human realm exploring humanity through innocent eyes that learn fast. Q1: How did you decide to get into writing professionally? A: I didn't decide so much as grow into it. I tried to stop once, but it wouldn't let me. Now I just want to write. If I had to depend on it for my living I'd be too stressed to write. (and broke to boot!) Q2: How far back can you remember putting pen to paper? A: I think there's something in my baby book from around age 5. That was around the same time my camp counselors gave me "The Imagination Award." Q3: What was your first...
We speak to Anderson Gentry who's first novel The Crider Chronicles is out in both print and e-book, with a plan to carry on his story over four volumes spanning almost 500 years of exploration, colonial enterprises and fighting criminals and aliens alike in mankind's quest for a future in the galaxy. Q1: How did you find yourself choosing your path in writing science fiction? A: I’ve been influenced by science-fiction from a very early age. Writers are always readers, and I taught myself to read at age three. My Dad was a science-fiction reader, and much of my early reading involved thumbing through copies of Dad’s old pulp sci-fi magazines in the early Sixties. I read Asimov’s Foundation series when I was junior high school, and...
Stephen S. Arends first novel : Soul Searcher is out now and his second work is in the writing process. We talk to Stephen about the path to becoming an author and what drives his work. Q1: How long did it take to write your first novel from start to finish and what sort of commitments did you have over that time that becoming a writer might get you away from now you are finally classed as self-employed (work/college/etc)? A: It took me over 16 months, as I was working full-time and attending a graduate course. I spent many Friday nights at home working on the book, whilst my friends were hitting the town, but in the end it was worth it. Q2: Being a first-time novelist can be hard when submitting your first novel to the scary world...
De La Torre’s first book, Ancient Rising, follows the adventures of widower Dan Ryan, an author who lost his wife and daughter to a tragic car accident and goes on to find the lost continent of Atlantis and releasing the Gods from an ancient curse. We talk to JC about his career path and love of sci-fi. Q1: From your personal websites I see you have been working for an employer throughout the period you wrote Ancient Rising. Have you been concentrating all your spare time writing the novel? A few minutes here, a half hour there? A: Yes, exactly. Every spare second I could find went to the novel. At times it was a grind but I really enjoyed the writing process. I think the satisfaction came when I had finally reached the end and it was...
Welcome to Cool SciFi's 10 Questions With...! In the days ahead we will be sitting down and talking with people from the sci-fi & fantasy genres to bring exclusively to you, our community members, some insight into the people behind the works that we all enjoy. If you have suggestion for future articles then let us know! For our first edition we are very happy to sit down with James Fink, author of the new novel Robot Soul. James is a Finance Manager who originally wanted to apply his sense of humor to television comedy but, thankfully for literary fans, he decided to take a different journey by writing a science fiction novel instead. James' writing started during his travel time on the commuter train as part of his daily transit...
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