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Author Interview: Jay Allen

Today I am interviewing Jay Allan, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Emperor’s Fist, fourth book in the Far Stars series.

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DJ: Hi Jay! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! 

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

Jay Allan:Sure.  I’ve been writing since 2012, mostly military science fiction and space opera, though I do have a fantasy novel floating around out there, too.

DJ: What is The Emperor’s Fist and then the Far Stars series about?

Jay:  The Far Stars series is set in a universe dominated by a brutal empire.  The Far Stars is a distant cluster of roughly 100 systems, separated from the empire by a vast navigational hazard called The Void.  For this reason, it is a wild frontier, and also the only place in the galaxy where people are not under the emperor’s boot. At the end of the last book (Funeral Games) the people of the Far Stars drove the emperor’s forces out of the sector.  The Emperor’s Fist is about the response to that.

DJ: What were some of your influences for the Far Stars series

Jay:  Well, there’s a little Star Wars in it, I suppose, more in superficial ways.  There’s definitely some influence from pirate movies and the like, things like Captain Blood.  A lot of my stuff is pretty gritty military SF. Far Stars is definitely more space opera (though not without some grit). Continue reading

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Book Collecting: Update #33



Looky looky what the mailman brought in this month!!!

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Author Interview: Jay Allen

 Today I am interviewing Jay Allan, author of the new military science-fiction novel, Flames of Rebellion, first book in the Flames of Rebellion series.

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DJ: Hey Jay! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

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

Jay Allen: Absolutely. I write science fiction and fantasy novels, published through a variety of outlets, including my good friends at Harper Voyager. It’s somewhat of a second career for me, and I started doing it after I retired early from real estate development and investment, which I tend to consider a pretty weird origin story for a sci fi writer. I live in New York, and I’ve been writing for about five years now. I’m getting close to a million books sold in that time, which certainly exceeds any expectations I had going in.

DJ: What is Flames of Rebellion about?

Jay: Flames of Rebellion is the story of a revolution. I’ve been told I tend to have a dark view of things, and I’m inclined to see technology in many ways as the totalitarian’s dream. Can you imagine dictators of another era having the ability to track everyone wherever they go, or to listen in on virtually every conversation? So, I wrote a story of a new colony on another planet, one where the surveillance superstructure isn’t as developed as it is on Earth. Add adventurous colonists grown accustomed to a level of freedom beyond that available on Earth, and a home government looking to tighten the screws, and conflict is inevitable.

I read a lot of history, and I often incorporate it in my work. For Flames, I wanted to explore multiple aspects of revolution, and I used bits and pieces of three historical conflicts, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Russian Revolution. Continue reading

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