FRIDAY SF & FANTASY – The Brin Archives
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him, but he still must do everything he can to save them all. Karm
must travel back in time, create the most powerful financial empire
ever seen on the planet Dyan’ta and assemble a team of experts who
must be kept in the dark about his plans for fear of upsetting the timeline.
controversial theories on cloning become the lynch pin in Karm’s
schemes. Maripa, Karm’s petite and beautiful surrogate niece,
personal secretary, and deadly bodyguard must learn to trust Karm
despite his deceptions and secrets. Can the emerging love between Dr.
Rocker and Maripa survive the demons and surprises of their own past,
as well as Karm’s impenetrable air of mystery?
together to overcome Brach, the ambitious and obsessed monarch.
Determined to take control of Karm’s vast industrial empire, Brach
joins forces with his conniving brother Pareth, leader of The Faith
an ultra-conservative religious order committed to stopping Dr.
Rocker and his heretical efforts to develop cloning techniques.
Nothing less than survival of their species is at stake.
will greed, prejudices, and old rivalries tear apart their grand
civilization? Maliche Rocker, descendant of The Saviors, uncovers a
terrible secret and must fight those in power, including members of
his own family, to save thousands of innocents from the cruelty of
his own people.
everything including his family’s reputation and even his life, to
uncover the truth about the Skae. For over three hundred years the
Brin have believed the Skae to be their benefactors, and the race
that rescued them from extinction. But recent revelations by a group
of young Kolbri, the offspring of Brin and Kolandi mating, tell a
disturbingly different story.
abilities to telepathically connect with technology, and discover the
truth about the Skae once and for all by undertaking a perilous
journey through thousands of years in space and time, unravelling the
history hidden from them by Skae. During this expedition, Jontar and
his two companions must encounter the Gorvin, hated enemy of the Skae
and supposed instigators of the current interstellar war.
cause of the war responsible for the destruction of hundreds of
worlds over thousands of years? Will Maliche and his small group find
the truth and avert disaster both at home and across the galaxy? Can
his wife, Ryma, hold the Brin government together long enough for
Maliche to succeed? Only time will tell.
Interview with the Author
What book do you think everyone should read?
I believe everyone simply needs to find whatever book or story captures them as a reader. I taught middle school grades for many years and struggled with getting kids to read anything, until we found that one book that spoke to them. Once that happened, they became readers.
How long have you been writing?
I began writing about six years ago. It took me a while, maybe two years to learn how to write a story that others might want to read, and that was a struggle, but I eventually got the hang of it. At least the feedback I have gotten from reviewers has been positive.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
Since I write scifi, I do like to base some of the technology or the worlds around my characters based on at least something not totally against the laws of physics. Although I do take something that is at least physically possible, and then turn it on its head as if it is something perfectly normal in their universe.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I am a reader and often have two or three books happening at once. I read actual paper books, ebooks and listen to audiobooks. It all depends on where I am and what I am doing at the time.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I must have something going on in the background, usually classical music. I can’t focus without background noise.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I absolutely have to concentrate on one book at a time. Otherwise I will get the characters and polotts confused. It could definitely result in a very confusing story if I suddenly jumped a character from one book into another.
If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Probably Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I absolutely love that story and have read it many times. Although I wish I could have written some of the books by any of the classic science fiction writiers like Asimov or Bradbury.
Pen or type writer or computer?
I write down ideas and concepts on paper first because I am not always at my computer. But to write the story I have to be in front of the computer and typing away.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
One of my favorite characters in my books has been Maripa in Hegira and Recusant. She is a real badass individual, but with a vulnerability she tries to hide from others. Life was not easy for her, but she overcame and became a powerful individual whom others trusted and followed. She also has a great sense of humor.
Advice you would give new authors?
Never give up. I received over a hundred rejection emails and letters from publishers and agents before I landed with Solstice Publishing. The market is packed with thousands of would-be writers all vying for a few spots in somebody’s corral. Hang in there, keep revising your novels and your pitch. Learn what the agents and publishers are looking for. You don’t need to write to please them, but you do need to highlight the aspects of your work that best fits what they are looking for.
What makes a good story?
I love stories with great characters. Of course, it never hurts to have those individuals inhabiting fascinating and strange worlds with cool technology and bizarre antagonists, but the characters are what drive the reader forward. You must have individuals readers care about. They must be real enough to feel some empathy for them, to identify with their struggle.
What is your writing process? For instance, do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I am a combination of plodder and seat-of-the-pants writer. I do have to have a basic outline of the story in my head and in notes before beginning. I also need to have a list of each character and their description to keep everyone in place. Once that is accomplished, I simply sit down and start hacking away at the keyboard . I often have a good idea of how the story should progress, but then the voices / characters in my head take everything in a completely new and unexpected direction. I am often surprised to see what I have written in the heat of the moment.
part-time as an educator/performer at the Denver Museum of Nature and
Science. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, raised in Arlington, Virginia
and Denver, Colorado, he became an avid science nerd at the height of
the space race of the 1960’s. After thirty-five years teaching
science in the middle school classroom, he decided to retire and
explore new worlds of opportunities, including volunteering,
bicycling, and writing. It is the writing experimentation which
resulted in this novel.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The museum makes science fun and
entertaining with an entire crew of performer/educators. Two years
ago I was lucky enough for the museum to hire me, and pay me to come
and play with kids and science.He lives in Colorado with his
beautiful wife of thirty seven years. Together, they look forward to
completely spoiling their new granddaughter.
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