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Exclusive Interview: “Tales Of The United States Space Force” Editor C. Stuart Hardwick

 

When President Donald Trump started talking about establishing the U.S. Space Force, a lot of people — myself included — thought it was an idea whose time had not yet come.

But as I learned while doing the following email interview with C. Stuart Hardwick, the editor of the new short story and essay anthology Tales Of The United States Space Force (paperback, Kindle), the Space Force’s roots actually go all the way back to the Cold War,  albeit under other names, including President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.

In the following email interview, Hardwick discusses how this anthology came to be, as well as how it reflects both the truth and the possible future of the Space Force, while not shying away from the snarky comments of us doubters.

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Exclusive Interview: “Exadelic” Author Jon Evans

 

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Hydra used an algorithm to determine what people posed the biggest threats to their new world order. And in Jon Evans’ new hard science fiction novel Exadelic (hardcover, Kindle), an AI does something similar. Except that, in Exadelic, the threat is not a master of the mystic arts or a scientist with breathtaking anger management issues, but a mild-mannered member of middle management. In the following email interview, Evans discusses what inspired and influenced this sci-fi story.

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Exclusive Interview: “Halo: Outcasts” Author Troy Denning

 

Having read nearly all of the novels based on the Halo games, and having interviewed many of the people who’ve written them, I’ve always thought of these books (and the games, and the comics…) as sci-fi space opera stories. But in the following email interview with Troy Denning, the author of seven Halo novels — including the newest, Halo: Outcasts (paperback, Kindle, audiobook) — he explains why these books (and games, and comics…) are more hard science fiction and space marine stories than anything operatic.

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Exclusive Interview: “Dual Memory” Author Sue Burke

 

As the last few years have made abundantly clear, fallacies can be dangerous when enough people believe they’re true. It’s an idea at the center of Sue Burke’s new hard sci-fi novel Dual Memory (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook). Except that, as she explains in the following email interview, the falsehood believed as fact that influenced this story isn’t one that came up in the last few years, but a real one many years ago.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Ross 248 Project” Editors Les Johnson & Ken Roy

 

There are a lot of themes around which editors have constructed anthologies of science fiction short stories. Some are the best of a certain year or subgenre, some deal with a common idea, while still others are geographically- or identity based.

But for The Ross 248 Project (paperback, Kindle), co-editors Les Johnson and Ken Roy not only chose a subgenre, and a thematic connection, but all of the stories also share a fictional world. In the following email interview, Les and Ken discuss how this anthology came together.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Moon And The Desert” Author Robert E. Hampson

 

Like a lot of writers, Robert E. Hampson’s influences don’t start and stop with books; they include TV shows as well. As he explains in the following email interview, his new hard sci-fi novel The Moon And The Desert (paperback, Kindle) wasn’t just influenced by his fellow writers, but also by a classic (and expensive) show from the ’70s.

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Exclusive Interview: “Poor Man’s Sky” Author Wil McCarthy

 

With Poor Man’s Sky (hardcover, Kindle), writer Wil McCarthy is continuing the series of hard sci-fi space opera / political spy thriller novels he started with 2021’s Rich Man’s Sky.

Though as he explains in the following email interview, you don’t need to read Rich to get Poor.

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Exclusive Interview: “Summer’s End” Author John Van Stry

 

In prepping questions for writer John Van Stry about his hard science fiction novel Summer’s End (paperback, Kindle), I had to fight the urge to make a joke about its title making it sound like a teenage sex comedy from the ’80s. And then, in his first answer, he had to go and say it’s about, “…a young man’s journey out into the world.” But don’t worry, sci-fi fans, as Van Stray goes on to say, Summer’s End is very much a space-bound action / adventure story.

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Exclusive Interview: “Terraforming Mars: Edge Of Catastrophe” Author Jane Killick

 

If you set a story in the future, and on the planet Mars, people will assume it’s a sci-fi story. I know I do. But in the following email interview with author Jane Killick about Edge Of Catastrophe (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), the second novel she’s written connected to the board game Terraforming Mars, she explains that while yes, this story does take place in the future, and on the planet Mars, she sees it as less a hard sci-fi story and as more of a detective thriller.