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SFWA Sci-Fi Story Bundle-Meeting of the Minds

2018-05-16

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SFWA Sci-Fi Story Bundle-Meeting of the Minds

What happens when you gather a group of science fiction authors from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and gather their works together?

A great fiction bundle of course!

Twenty great stories from fantastic authors such as Craig Martelle, Amy DuBoff, Andrew G. Schneider, Felix R. Savage and more have been assembled into an action-packed Story bundle. No matter what flavor of science fiction you enjoy, you are sure to find some favorites.

By purchasing this bundle, you not only support these great authors but assist SFWA in its mission to support, promote, inform, defend, and advocate for professional fantasy and science fiction writers. For more information about SFWA go to www.sfwa.org.

To get to know the authors a little better, we asked them a question for a Meeting of the Minds. Below are their responses.

We hope that you will take a look at the bundle and check out these great authors.

The Storybundle will be available from May 9th thru May 31st.

 

What book or movie inspired you to become a science fiction author? 

 

Felix R. Savage- author of Crapkiller

The book that inspired me to become a science fiction author? I haven’t read it yet.

I mean that literally.

The Quarry, by Iain M. Banks, is still sitting on my bookshelf unopened.

Why? Because it was the last book Banks wrote before his untimely death in 2013, and once I read it, there will never be another Banks novel, ever.

I probably won’t like it much, anyway. Banks’s mainstream fiction was very hit and miss for me, and The Quarry looks like it falls in the part of that Venn diagram that doesn’t overlap with my taste.

His science fiction, though—oh, his science fiction. In my view, the Culture still stands as the greatest space opera series of all time, with Banks’s non-Culture SF, such as Against a Dark Background,close behind. Use of Weapons? Consider Phlebas? There aren’t enough superlatives in the language for the greatness of those books. Banks’s streak of triumphs continued all the way through The Hydrogen Sonata. When a new M. novel came out, it was better than Christmas.

Then came that day in 2013 when we knew there would be no more.

And a little voice said to me, “Your turn now.”

 

Steve Miller- co-author of The Tomorrow Log

In a very real way it was a year of coincidence – 1956 – that turned me into an SF writer.

My grandmother and older brother helped me learn to read by the time I was five and I was already well-known at the Enoch Pratt library branch in Pimlico, where I read dinosaur and space book, – nonfiction. Then I discovered Eleanor Cameron's Mushroom Planet series and realized that a story didn't have to end after one book – and I was hooked on SF Meanwhile, I went to the Avalon movie house in Pimlico and saw Forbidden Planet first run -- I was 6. I graduated to Verne and Norton around age 9 and soon after Heinlein, but the themes of space flight, robots, and strange-but-not-necessarily-scary aliens was already with me. Also blame RemCo's science toys and the Rocky Jones Space Ranger TV series, both of which reinforced the space age unfolding around me realtime. By the time I hit sixth grade I already had a notebook full of attempted stories. The double whammy of discovering series SF and a beautifully conceived and executed movie within weeks of each other, that was the start. 1956 for the win.

 

Don Sakers- author of A Rose From Old Terra

I was a very naïve child. As late as sixth grade, I was still fuzzy on the concept of “author.” Oh, I recognized my favorite authors’ names, and knew that if I chose books with the same name on them, I would likely enjoy them. But as far as I was concerned, “author” was just another type of brand name, like Mattel or Nabisco.

Then at age 12 (in 1970) my English class read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. We saw a recorded interview with the author. Blinding revelation! Books didn’t descend from the heavens or spring fully-realized from store shelves—books were written by individual human beings. Hinton, who wrote The Outsiders at age 15 (and was 18 when it was published), wasn't just a person…she was a kid like me.

People wrote books! Even kids wrote books. I...could write books.

Before long, I had a blank copy book, and started to write a novel. Naturally, I decided to write science fiction; it was what I read most, and what excited me the most. But I owe it all to a non-sf book, The Outsiders.

 

Dave Creek- Author of Some Distant Shore

The original STAR TREK was my inspiration to become an SF author.  That's a pretty common phenomenon for people of my generation (I'm 64).  It introduced me to the basic SF concepts such as starships, alien worlds, time travel, and alternate universes.  I'd seen such concepts from comic books, but I was moving away from "kid stuff" and looking for something adults could enjoy.  Rather quickly, though, I wanted more than just one TV episode a week, and went to my local library in search of more wonder.  

I found it in the pages of SF anthologies, where I quickly decided my favorite writers were Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury.  I quickly graduated to their novels, and over time found many more favorites, including Theodore Sturgeon, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, and many others.

Eventually I discovered the SF magazines and decided in reading some of the, we'll say, less-distinguished stories, "I could write something as good as that!"  And it turned out I could, at least sometimes.  Now I've published over 30 short stories and a dozen books.

 

Amy DuBoff- author of Troubled Space

My first proper exposure to science fiction novels was Ender's Game. I'd read a lot of fantasy as a kid, but when I read Ender's Game in fourth grade, a new world opened up to me. I loved the idea of being able to travel to other planets and to have high-tech solutions to problems. While I still love the idea of magic and the other elements of fantasy, I think I was ultimately attracted to writing science fiction because the scope of space opera can be so much bigger. Ender's Game was the first book that sparked my imagination for what was possible in science fiction. By the time I read Dune a few years later, I was completely hooked on the genre.

 

Craig Martelle- author of Cygnus Rising

I was a child of the 60s. I grew up watching original episodes of Star Trek when they first came out. Every week, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy would find a new challenge to the galaxy. Gene Roddenberry's genius was only obvious later, when I looked at the series through the lens of the 60s and the turmoil of the time - Vietnam, the Soviet Union, civil rights. He addressed all of them in a way that was safe and he changed the way people viewed current events. That's why I write science fiction.

 

Vera Nazarian-author of Compete-The Atlantis Grail Book 2

"Seriously, this is an impossible question. There's really no single work that inspired me to write science fiction. As a kid growing up in Moscow, USSR, I had a different set of imaginary material to work with. The book and movie Chariots of the Gods about ancient aliens played a big number on my parents and most of Russia, and so did Solaris, and they passed it on to me. I enjoyed Jules Verne (translated into Russian) and early Soviet era SF classics such as Aelita. Of course as soon as we immigrated to the USA, if I were to talk about powerful early impressions, I would say the TV show Space 1999 had a big part in establishing my sense of wonder when it came to space and astronomy and the tantalizing idea of other worlds and exotic aliens. After that I jumped into fantasy, starting with Tolkien, then Andre Norton, Tanith Lee, Marion Zimmer Bradley, C.J,. Cherryh, but the lines between the two sub-genres blur. It all comes down to "what if" and a sense of wonder, and exploring the mysteries of the yet-unknown."

 

Andrew G. Schneider- Nothing Left to Wish For

It wasn’t really The Elvenbane, by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton, or Pages of Pain by Troy Denning, or even A Spell for Chameleon, by Piers Anthony. It wasn’t my father’s suggestion that you read so much, why don’t you write a book, or my mother’s forbearance when I emerged, yet again, with an armload of novels from the Sci-Fi/Fantasy sections of the bookstore and library. All those, certainly, played into me becoming an author, provided a basis for craft, consideration, and ongoing support over the years.

Rather, if there was one thing, one thing, that inspired me to become a Science Fiction and Fantasy author (those bookstore categorizations leave the two forever intertwined), it would the pages and pictures that told no story at all, but laid down a foundation of the fantastical. It would be the idea that you can tell a tale with the help of your friends, and have it be every bit as real and meaningful as anything bound into print. It would be, of course, Dungeons and Dragons.

 

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime- author of The Dark Between

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron is the book that inspired me to become an author. I discovered the novel in my elementary school library just as we were learning about the solar system in class. I was fascinated by the idea of other planets and the possibility of other intelligent life forms. What motivated me to try writing at such a young age was that Eleanor Cameron was a female science fiction author. Until then I hadn’t thought much about the writers behind the books. Not only did I love the story, it excited me that this was someone’s job. And I could imagine myself doing it, too. It took years and several attempts to write and sell my first novel. Since then there have been many more books. However without The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, I may never have tried.

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