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Author Interview: Jack Campbell

Today I am interviewing Jack Campbell, author of the new science-fiction novel, Triumphant, third book in The Genesis Fleet series.

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

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

Jack Campbell: Jack Campbell is my pen name (I’m really John Hemry).  I’m a retired US Navy officer who writes the best-selling Lost Fleet series (and its tie-ins Beyond the Frontier, The Lost Stars, and The Genesis Fleet) as well as science fantasy set on the world of Dematr (The Pillars of Reality, Destiny of Dragons, and Empress of the Endless Sea).  My YA novel The Sister Paradox won the 2018 EPIC YA ebook award. After retiring from the Navy I became full-time caregiver for my wife’s and my children, all three kids being on various parts of the autism spectrum, as well as trying my hand at writing.

DJ: What is Triumphant and then the The Genesis Fleet series about?

Jack: The Genesis Fleet series shows how humanity first exploded into nearby regions of space when the jump drives that allowed fairly quick interstellar travel were discovered.  As everyone on Earth and nearby colonies in space who wanted to escape the rules and laws and pressures of those old worlds raced to find homes of their own, they wanted nothing more than to be left alone and not get involved with other people’s problems.  But soon enough some worlds decided to lean on other worlds, demanding tribute in exchange for peace, or outright trying to take over weaker neighbors, because even though we’d left Earth behind humans hadn’t left their problems behind. The series shows how the first victims of aggression fight back, managing to barely defend themselves, while also trying to convince other worlds that haven’t yet been attacked to help.  Triumphant is the culmination of this, as defenders on the worlds of Kosatka and Glenlyon try to keep their worlds free without letting the fighting warp their ideals, and other worlds weigh whether to offer help and form an alliance to protect them all. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Jack Campbell

Today I am interviewing Jack Campbell, author of the new military SF, space opera novel, Vanguard, first book of The Genesis Fleet series.

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

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

Jack Campbell: I’m a retired US Navy officer who lives in southern Maryland with my wife and three kids. I’ve lived a lot of places and done a lot of different jobs, but basically I’m a sailor. I started writing seriously back in the mid-1990s, mostly science fiction and fantasy, but a few other things as well. Vanguard will be my 30th book in print.

DJ: What Vanguard about?

Jack: Humanity is expanding rapidly into new star systems, many people wanting to leave behind the rules and restrictions on crowded worlds. But when they left behind the old restrictions, they also left the old protections that had maintained order. When some of the new worlds decide to take advantage of their neighbors, seeing opportunity for power and gain where others had seen freedom, the new worlds have to depend on improvised weapons and volunteers to defend themselves. If they fail, the growing power of aggressor worlds could turn regions founded on freedom into the first interstellar empires.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Vanguard and The Genesis Fleet series?

Jack: Vanguard is a prequel of sorts to the popular Lost Fleet series, with The Genesis Fleet series showing how and why the Lost Fleet’s Alliance first formed. It’s the Lost Fleet universe still in terms of how things work and in familiar star systems. I had to keep Vanguard consistent with that.

My other influences are the authors I admire who told big stories. Andre Norton, Leigh Brackett, Robert Heinlein, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and C. J. Cherryh, just to name a few. I have to add Tolkien to that mix, because he showed me the importance of building a big, new world where everything makes sense in the context of that world. Continue reading

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