This week Josh and Scott talk with best-selling science fiction author Jay Allan, author of the Crimson Worlds series and the Far Star trilogy. Like many guests, Allan is a hybrid author with books published traditionally and independently, however, unlike many guests, Allan brings a unique and new prospective to writing and publishing.
About two years ago, Scott stumbled across Marines: Crimson Worlds Book 1 and assumed that Jay Allan must retired military or somehow associated with the armed forces. This, as it turns out, is not exactly accurate. Allan explains how he came to write so convincingly in the military science fiction genre and how he continues to create such fantastic characters and worlds.
Allan also shares his knowledge on the craft of writing, marketing, and how things have changed since the first few breakout years of indie publishing.
For more information about Jay Allan and his books, check out www.crimsonworlds.com, www.wolfsclaw.com, and his blog.
Find all of Jay’s books on Amazon: Jay Allan Author Page
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Kevin G. Summers has been writing for a quite sometime, with titles like: The Man Who Shot John Wilkes Booth, the newly released: The Bleak December, and several short stories in Star Trek Anthologies, Kevin is no stranger to the written word. But recently, he has put some of his creative energy into several related projects, including: podcasting, cover design and book formatting. His podcast, Literary Outlaws, with Jason Anspach, is extremely entertaining and after you listen to our interview you should check it out here: http://www.literaryoutlaws.com/
In this interview, Summers describes his journey through traditional and non-traditional publishing. How he got into the production side of publishing, and Josh and Kevin geek out over Star Trek. Josh explains his freakish knowledge of the Star Trek warp system and discussing character development on the Enterprise.
Kevin shares what it’s like to win a Star Trek fan-fiction contest, talks about the creation of his “weird western” and his experiences in collaborative universes. Science fiction, comics, podcasting and a bunch of stuff about writing and marketing make this an informative and entertaining show.
For more information about Kevin G. Summers, check out his website: http://kevingsummers.com/blog/
Find all of his books on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Kevin-G.-Summers/e/B005D53B08
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Robert M. Campbell, author of the Trajectory series, writes hard science fiction. Many readers have embraced this subgenre with books such as Leviathan Wakes (James S. A. Corey), Sleeping Gods (Ralph Kern), or Mars (Ben Bova). There is a wide spectrum of these books. Hard science fiction exists on a continuum, and it is not the space time continuum.
Or is it?
What, you might ask, qualifies as hard science fiction?
An internet search will quickly drop you into several articles and forums on this topic. For the sake of the interview, we started with a discussion about the unrealistic nature of space travel in popular science fiction. Everyone knows the universe-jumping, warp-speed paradigms are more magical than scientific. In many stories, that is fine. Some writers, readers, and viewers crave a more thoughtful handling of this important story element.
Why is Trajectory a part of this science-focused genre?
Robert M. Campbell is, among other things, a software engineer. During the interview he explains how he started the Trajectory series by using more realistic science to effect the story. There are no spoilers in this interview, but quite a bit of insight to his writing process. Josh, Scott, and Rob talk about the difference between writing long and short fiction, the Explorations anthology that will be out in January, and why they all like Scrivener.
There may be jokes and shenanigans slipped between the more serious sections of this episode. By all reports, this was a fun interview with good information (for both readers and writers of science fiction).
You can find his Trajectory series on Amazon: Robert M Campbell Author Page
You can learn more about Robert M. Campbell and the Trajectory series on his website: www.robcee.net
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Another great article on hard science fiction was written by Ben Bova. You may have heard of him… What is Hard Science Fiction.
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What is Live?
Have you ever been part of those intense conversations about books that are, quite honestly, a little awkward for your friends who haven't read a book since high school? Did you think, of course Daenerys Tagaryen will walk through fire and tame a dragon? After years of talking to each other about what make stories great, Scott and Josh wanted to expand their knowledge and share what they learned with the world!