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Author Interview: Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Today I am interviewing Bryan Thomas Schmidt, editor of the new science-fiction anthology, Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers, second  book in the Infinite Stars series

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DJ: Hi Bryan! Thanks for stopping by to do an interview! 

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Bryan: I am primarily known as the first editor of Andy Weir’s The Martian and numerous anthologies. I have also edited books by Alan Dean Foster, Tracy Hickman, Mike Resnick, Frank Herbert, Angie Fox–all bestsellers–and numerous others. I am also a national bestselling author and was a Hugo-nominee for short form editing. I have written official tie-ins in The X-Files and Predator for Fox, as well as bestselling literary series Monster Hunter International and Joe Ledger, and my first novel, The Worker Prince, made Barnes and Noble’s Year’s Best Science Fiction in 2011. My latest novel is Simon Says, my first thriller

DJ: What is Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers about?

Bryan: The Infinite Stars concept is to collect the best of space opera and military science fiction past and present. I collect stories going back to the 1930s through present day. About half are reprints and half are brand new stories in popular existing universes. With a few new things mixed in here or there.

DJ: What were some of the inspirations behind Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers

Bryan: Space Opera and Military Science Fiction are mainstays of speculative fiction. Star Wars, Star Trek, The Orville, The Expanse, Killjoys, Firefly–these are all examples of popular culture written in this subgenre. It may well be the most familiar of all subgenres of science fiction to audiences, the face of science fiction even, if you will. Continue reading

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Author Interview: David Boop

Today I am interviewing David Boop, editor of the new anthology, Straight Outta Tombstone. He’s also the author of the sc-fi/noir novel, “She Murdered Me with Science” from WordFire Press and co-author of the bestselling Kindle Worlds title, “Veronica Mars: Fast Times at Neptune High.” Additionally, David worked on the upcoming Flash Gordon RPG for Savage Worlds.

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DJ: Hey David! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

David Boop: Thanks, DJ. Ironically, both my ex-wife and my son have the initials DJ, and I was a DJ in the 80s and 90s. LOL! SO, I was the man of a thousand jobs. I was restless through my youth and my recessed adulthood, switching jobs working three jobs at a time, then switching them for other jobs. I’ve been a DJ, an actor, a film critic, a store manager (books, videos, video games, comics, movie theaters… the list goes on,) a Beetlejuice impersonator, a journalist, an Editor-in-Chief, a steam spa salesman, a mapmaker, a mock juror, a night stalk—stocker.

I always wanted to do something creative. I thought it would be in film, but after two failed attempts at short films (both available on YouTube,) I finally found my calling as a fiction writer. I’d been a geek/nerd/dork since before I knew what it was. But I really Came into my own, like much of my generation, with Star Wars and the obsession that followed.

Personally, I’m a father of a much-too-soon-to-be eighteen year old son.

DJ: What is Straight Outta Tombstone about?

David: It’s a collection of weird western tales written by 14 of today’s hottest authors. I have eight bestselling scribes that have been, at some point, mentors of mine, and then I pulled the rest from the best of the best of my peers. They all gave me amazing stories, many set in their most famous worlds, like Monster Hunter International, Dresden Files, Dan Shamble and the like.

DJ: What were some of the inspirations behind Straight Outta Tombstone?

David: I have been writing weird westerns for over ten years and I wanted to eventually leave my brand on the genre as an editor. I started collecting authors who I thought had something to say about the old west, and I got lucky with the people who said yes.

If we’re talking theme, what I wanted were the original gangsters, much as the title implies. I wanted drive-by carriage shootings, gray justice, people rising against all odds to face enormous odds, and then I wanted to add aliens, demons, and dinosaurs, because really, what story isn’t made better with those things? Continue reading

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