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Author Interview: J. Patrick Black

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Sci-Fi November is a month-long blog event hosted by Rinn Reads and Over The Effing Rainbow. It was created to celebrate everything amazing about science fiction. From TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it was intended to help us share our love and passion for this genre and its many, many fandoms.


Photography courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan

Today I am interviewing J. Patrick  Black, debut author of the new post-apocalyptic, science-fiction novel, Ninth City Burning.

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

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

Patrick J. Black: Well, I’m new to the literary world, so I’d be a little surprised if your readers knew all that much about me (most of them, anyway–Hi mom!). Ninth City Burning is my debut novel, but I’ve been writing for years. Pursuit of that all-important day job has taken me all over the place professionally–I’ve tended bar, designed video games, somehow ended up with a law degree–though geographically I’m a New England guy. I still work as a homebuilder in the town where I grew up (a suburb of Boston). It’s a total thrill to finally see something I’ve written on the shelves, and even better to meet people who’ve actually read it (even enjoyed it every now and then).

DJ: What is Ninth City Burning about?

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Patrick: Ninth City Burning is an epic sci-fi fantasy set five centuries after an alien invasion of Earth. The invaders came wielding a power we had no way to fight–more than the sort of advanced technology that might have begun with fire and wheel and evolved through internal combustion engines and semiconductors, it allowed them to completely rewrite the rules of reality. For a while, it looked like that was it for human society, but then we discovered we could hijack this power and use it for ourselves. It didn’t quite turn the tide in our favor, but it allowed us to survive, and eventually fight the enemy to a stalemate. By the time the story begins, the world is pouring its resources–human and material–into winning the ensuing war, and it looks as though the end might be in sight. The invaders have other plans, however, and that’s where the action and adventure ensue. Continue reading

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