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