Tag Archive: opinion


Tony Shillitoe burst onto the Australian fantasy scene with the Andrakis Trilogy beginning in 1992.  As the story, he was convinced by a friend to send a sample to a publisher even though he had only about 10 chapters written.  He didn’t hold much hope for it being seen, as he says that only about 0.1% of manuscripts get published.  Much to his surprise his was accepted.  A little bit of amazement and a lot of shock and Tony had himself a trilogy.

He then went on to write ‘The Last Wizard’, which was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel.  It would then be some 7 years before he would return to fantasy with the Ashuak Chronicles.  In 2006 Shillitoe released the first novel in a new fantasy series, the Dreaming in Amber quartet.

But since then he has been very quiet.  The great news is that there is something new coming.  Something very new, and I cannot wait for it.  Until then Tony agreed to do this little interview with me.

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Charity Parkerson scares me with her brand and style of writing.  The things she writes, well, it curls my toes.  From the sounds of it, it curls her toes as well.  Wow, this stuff is hot.  This interview has been sitting with me for a while now, but Charity has not nagged me at all about it.  (I think she’s probably too busy writing that next steamy scene.)

Not only is Charity good and prolific, she also hosts a internet show called the ‘Melissa Craig & Charity Parkerson Podcast’ and I’m pretty sure that gets out of control very easily for these two fine ladies.  Her blog also has an over 18 warning as you enter it.  Be careful!!

Here’s Charity:

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I have only met Trent recently through a mutual friend of Martin Reaves.  Martin has done an interview with me and mentioned Trent Zelazny.  So I did a little investigating and found this Trent Zelazny, only to be amazed by what I found.

Trent is son of Roger Zelazny.  For me this was a bit of a big deal, as I enjoyed the Amber Chronicles.  What was more amazing, to me, was the sheer fact that Trent had lived through the loss of his girlfriend, which Trent will talk about more later.

I sent Trent my standard questions, but with the proviso that I could ask him some tougher questions (of which you will see later).  trent was very open about his past and did not knock back any of my questions, answering them overnight.

I will add to this before I let Trent have a go.  There are some great authors out there talking about Trent and how good he is.  To drop just two names here – Neil Gaiman and Joe R. Lansdale.

A little warning as well.  This post is over 3,500 words long, but more than worth the effort.

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What can be said about K. W. Jeter.  He blew me away in the 80’s and through the 90’s with some of the best science fiction/cyperpunk/steampuck that I have read.  I waited for each new Jeter book, and was rewarded with a book I knew I would enjoy.  He wrote sequels to Blade Runner, which were brilliant.  Then a little Star Trek and Star Wars.  But then he stopped writing – just literally disappeared.

There was a gap of some ten years before we saw a new release with ‘The Kingdom of Shadows’.  There is even a sequel of Infernal Devices coming up, but I’ll let K. W. mention that.

K. W. blew me away by agreeing do to an interview.  It did not take me long to shoot some questions through.  I think it took him shorter to return them to me.

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Is there anyone who has helped or mentored you in your writing career? If so, who?

Now this is a fertile field for study.   I would lump these folks into three categories.

First, I would like to comment on those folks who helped me by virtue of how I fell in love with their work.  I have mentioned in other places that my love of SF started in childhood.  I suspect that is one reason my approach to it is a very visual one.  I shivered as I watched Johnny Quest evade the howling invisible monster, or Tobor the Eigthman, Astroboy and Marineboy battle futuristic enemies.  I watched Fireball 5 hurtle down the skids to her missions in space.  Anime inspired me because where the American SF material was simplistic and exterior driven, the Japanese anime characters had family conflicts, personal tragedy and emotional turmoil.  The young officer might not worship his “Captain Kirk” but rather as Derek Wildstar did, might reject Captain Argo’s authority.  A whole emotional level of loss, longing and love existed as subtext largely, if not entirely, absent from the American material.

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Title: Was Once A Hero
Author: Edward McKeown
Published: Hellfire Publishing – January 2012
Word Count: 78,000
Genre: Sci-Fi

Synopsis:
Reluctant privateer Robert Fenaday searches the stars for his lost love, Lisa, a naval intelligence officer whose ship disappeared near the end of the Conchirri War . He’s joined by the genetically engineered assassin, Shasti Rainhell, whose cold perfection masks her dark past. Both are blackmailed by government spymaster, Mandela, into a suicidal mission to the doomed planet Enshar. Leading a team of scientists and soldiers, they must unravel the mystery of that planet’s death before an ancient force reaches out to claim their lives.

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Excerpt:
“What’s our status on ground troops?” he asked, adjusting his breather and zipping his leather jacket. It was bitterly cold in the ship’s shadow.
“Pickings have been better than I expected,” she said, putting Johan out of her mind. “With the war over, the economy lousy, there are lots of hard cases available: LURPS, Commandos, and Air Space Assault Team troops. Mars seems full of people with little concern for life and hungry for money.” Shasti knew the type too well, having been raised from childhood as an assassin in the Denshi Order on Olympia. She’d developed an eye for the good, for the ones putting up a front and for the plain crazy. She made her picks, hoping she read people—standard humans as she thought of them—correctly.
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More Tea, Jesus?

James Lark
HarperCollins UK
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Pub Date                Aug 27 2012

ISBN             9780007476244

Description

The second coming is nigh . . . it just happens to be coming at rather an inconvenient time.

It’s been an eventful month for the village of Little Collyweston: Reverend Andy  Biddle, still trying to regain his dignity following an ill-advised omelette  analogy during a sermon, teeters on the brink of scandal. Opinionated  parishioner Sathan Petty-Saphon has spotted an opportunity to seize control of  the church. And young Gerard Feehan has, thanks to the Vicar, embarked on a  journey of self-discovery that will quite possibly lead his Mother to an act of  homicide.

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John Brunner

Jad Smith
University of Illinois Press
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Pub Date                Jan 30 2013

ISBN         9780252078811
Description:
Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934–1995) was one of the most prolific and influential science fiction authors of the late twentieth century. During his exemplary career, the British author wrote with a stamina matched by only a few other great science fiction writers and with a literary quality of even fewer, importing modernist techniques into his novels and stories and probing every major theme of his generation: robotics, racism, drugs, space exploration, technological warfare, and ecology.

This interview has also been posted at my new blog home http://IdeasCaptured.com/blog.  Please go and follow me there.

Greg is a great new friend that lives in the same country as I do, which I am finding rarer and rarer in the cyber-world.  He has been great to talk to and even recently liked a photo of my home-made pizza.  Got to love that.

Greg Barron’s first novel ‘Rotten Gods’ received rave reviews for its style and story.  In fact, here is one of the newest ones.

‘A searing critique of Western greed and consumerism; of the atrocities committed in the name of some deity or another; and of action and suspense there is no shortage.’ ‘What makes Rotten Gods so compelling is the originality of the plot, the intelligence of the writing, the believability of the setting and the electrifying pace with which the author constructs his story.’ ‘Rotten Gods is a superlative political thriller, with a cast of characters who swarm across the pages, leaving death and destruction in their wake as well as questions of right and wrong and moments of love and remorse.’ Rob Minshull, host of ABC Radio’s Weekend Bookworm

Greag will also be appearing at the Crime and Justice Festival. Melbourne, November 16 – 18 with Ian Rankin.
http://www.crimeandjusticefestival.com/crimeandjusticefestival/Program.html

Whilst he is busy on his second, he took some time out to give this interview.

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This is another one of those Interviews that I was amazed to get to do.  David Brin is in the upper echelon of the great American Science Fiction Authors, with Ben Bova, for me.  I started reading his Sundiver books as they were released all those years ago, and have read almost everything from him since then.

I was lucky enough to have David answer my standard questions for me, even though I wish I had time to develop some more specific ones for me.  His answers were short, sharp and always to the point.

I give you the wonderful David Brin.

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