Character Interview Number Seven – Jake Nanden – Sci-fi

Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s): Jake Nanden

Age: 34

Please tell us a little about yourself. I am 5’11’, dark hair, short – Army cut, slightly curly. Green eyes.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. Getting middle aged, slightly paunchy with drying skin – like paper in places – except my mech arm. That’s synthetic skin on there and as smooth and supple as the day it was sprayed on. I even had mine tattooed but don’t tell anyone.

Would you kill for those you love? I kill every day – most days – to keep my culture intact. I would say that is killing for those I love. Of course there is a moral code… And as a soldier the moral code is almost everything. After a while… killing… it sometimes seems to be the only thing you have left. Family are too far away.

Do you like animals? I love animals. Their love is unconditional. You can never quite be sure with humans, can you?

Do you have a family? Ha! Ha! Yes. A test-tube. No seriously my mother – Mary, my sister Justine and a dog – a collie called Frisky. My adoptive dad was the famous robotics designer Robert R. Nanden but he’s dead. My mother was his assistant and pretty accomplished at that!

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? I am not sure about any of my childhood memories. They are probably all implanted. I am a replicant. The first memory I am sure about is playing on the grass with my adoptive mother watching me playing cricket.

She shouted out, “Jake! You are such a talented cyborg!”

Even at my tender age, I knew a replicant was not the same thing as a cyborg and I knew that she should know, as her first husband had been a famous robot designer. Her words had always stuck in my head.

But anyway, adoptive parents of replicant children are always told to create some vivid experience for their kid in the first few days so that the imprinting takes properly. So it’s probably not significant.

Do you have any phobias? Mirrors. Can’t stand them. They make me sweat and… well, I’m very nervous around them. I avoid them.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself. I write books – well, I am writing my first; a detective thriller. It’s kind of Raymond Chandler-ish. I call it Chandleresque, but I guess that’s bad English. My adoptive parents are first generation J5 – that’s a space station – so they kinda inherited a USAC – United States of America and Canada – accent. Anyway, I am rambling. The main character is Dusty. He’d a sucker for the pretty ladies!

Tell Us About your world

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. Well, I was born on Mars – at least I was adopted on Mars. We lived under a dome for most of my childhood. My most precious memory is of my dad taking me out on a hoverbike to see the real Mars sunset. Of course, you could see sunsets from the dome, but the U.V. protection took out most of the colour and I had nagged him for weeks to take me outside to see one. With difficulty, because my fingers were so small, I lifted the outer U.V. filter and gasped. The white disk of the sun almost burned a hole in my head. Its white was so intense it was almost blue and the blue became a corona as my eyes quickly looked up and away from it. The corona gradually faded into a riot of colour that filled the rest of my vision. The purples and oranges were deeper than those in a bowl of the freshest and most tangy grapes and peaches.

Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? That’s three questions in one! Yes of course there is religion but I struggle to believe in anything other than a goal of justice – for my friend’s death. We have the usual Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, and a few others that go way back on Earth. Plus we have the got Mech! Well, what can I say about him? It started with cyborgs and androids worshipping the God of mechanical things. They believe Mech created humans to service the machines. Lately even replicants are converting. Most replicants find it difficult to have faith in anything other than themselves.

Name and describe a food from your world. We can make what we like using n-gens; nano-generators. ‘Fried’ is my favourite: bacon, eggs, potatoes, beans, fried-bread and mushrooms. I am old enough to remember what these things are called, and what they look like. To most grunts they are just ‘fried’,

Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another? We are more concerned with Ischians – aliens. We call them ‘Dogs’ because they have evolved from something like dogs. Pretty formidable though… You don’t want to mess with Ishuns. Races? I don’t think anybody notices any more. Still a stigma to being a replicant though. I think that’s where people’s racism has gone.

Name a couple of myths and legends particular to your culture/people. Mech, the god for all A.I. beings, as robots and androids were now permitted to call themselves, lived in a red world of dust which corroded him and he had three sons, Iron, Tin and Wire. They lived in the desert for they were afraid of the sea, but one day Iron, who was the eldest son, committed a sin by openly doubting Mech and Mech banished him. Iron wandered alone until he came to the sea, and left his mark upon a rock but no more was ever heard from him again.

I guess the other one is that God looks after us all. Replicants don’t agree. You should see the size of funeral urns replicants get. Then you would know all about inequality.

Author notes:

Book(s) in which this character appears.

The Iron series: Iron I, Too Bright the Sun, Iron II, Unknown Place, Unknown Universe and Iron III (published soon) Worlds Like Dust

Author name:

Lazlo Ferran

Website/Blog/Author pages etc.

www.lazloferran.com

facebook.com/lazloferran

@Lazlo_F

 

Author Interview – Number Fourteen Joseph Beekman

Beekman

Welcome to Joseph Beekman

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks so much for welcoming me!

Well, I have always loved to create and tell stories since I can remember.  I also love to explore…like venturing off into dark forests or the backwoods of places I visit, and really love ghost towns!  It has always been very appealing to me, and a great way for my imagination and inspiration to run wild.  I love music and play the guitar, though just for fun; however, when I was in high school I did play in a garage band that was not too bad.  It was a fun time.  J  But my passion has always been to write stories.

One thing that I hold dear to my heart is my love for animals, most especially the neglected and abused, and the stray, homeless pets and animals.   Supporting the shelters is very important to me, and caring for these animals is something that I firmly believe in and have a limitless heart for. ❤

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc.

I prefer the Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal genre of writing.  My first published work was a novella titled, A TAIL SPUN.  It is a post-apocalyptic war fantasy concerning the fate of earth and its last remaining species after the fall of humanity.

The LITTLE ORPHAN ANVIL Trilogy is basically a combo of all three of those genres.  It concerns the fate of a forgotten realm threatened by the evil-doings of a dark witch.  An old blacksmith and his anvil-created robot, along with a few colorful companions, venture through many strange lands, facing their own fears and trials as they try to find a way to save the realm from the sinister witch and her sorcery.

THE DRIFTING VOID is a new short story trilogy I recently started.  The first story, which is of the same title and is available, is a paranormal sci-fi story about a ship builder that has fled from an invasion on earth in his self-constructed pod-ship.  Drifting in an endless void of starless space, he must face his own fears and that of the ghostly invaders, known as the “sweepers”, that are hell-bent on cleaning the universe of all life.

I have also published a short collection of poems titled: SHADES IN SHADOWS.

Where can readers find your book?

All of these books can be found through amazon U.S. and U.K., and goodreads, barnes and nobles, facebook  page links.

amazon author’s home page:  http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Beekman/e/B005G13KJG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

*LITTLE ORPHAN ANVIL – THE COMPLETE TRILOGY:   http://www.amazon.com/LITTLE-ORPHAN-ANVIL-Complete-Trilogy/dp/1478121831/ref=ntt_at_ep_edition_1_1

Book One: “A TALE OF MAGIC AND METAL”  http://www.amazon.com/Little-Orphan-Anvil-Joseph-Beekman/dp/1460979796/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

Book Two: “THE SHADES OF FATE”  http://www.amazon.com/Little-Orphan-Anvil-Shades-ebook/dp/B007CPFFUQ/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_8

Book Three:  “THE GRAVELANDS OF FATE”   http://www.amazon.com/LITTLE-ORPHAN-ANVIL-Gravelands-Volume/dp/1477672435/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_5

*A TAIL SPUN:   http://www.amazon.com/Tail-Spun-1-Joseph-Beekman/dp/1451547153/

Facebook, Little Orphan Anvil: https://www.facebook.com/LittleOrphanAnvil?fref=ts

Blog: http://josephsstoriesandtales.blogspot.com/2011/09/books-by-joseph-beekman-detailsinfo.html?spref=fb

How long have you been writing and what, if anything, made you choose the genre in which you write?

Since I was little, around 7, 8 years old.

If anything, I’d say it was old monster movies that would televise on shows like “World Beyond” and the “Outer Limits”.

The real “push” into the world of fantasy and science fiction storytelling was when I attended the screening of “Star Wars” in 1977…I was 8 years old, and that film really changed my life and how I saw storytelling.  Also, the book “DUNE” by author Frank Herbert, as well as the “LORD OF THE RINGS”.   Books like those were great inspirations!

Who or what are your inspirations/influences?

Wow…there are so many inspiring and influential people, places, and things that inspire and influence my imagination and writing.

Animals are truly inspiring to me.  Dark disturbing weather is another.  Ancient landscapes, artifacts, artwork, astronomy…

Authors such as Tolkien, Frank Herbert, Anne Rice, Stephen King; and authors like Bram Stoker, Franz Kafka, Ferdinand Celine, Oscar Wilde, Homer, Dante, Bradbury, Hemingway, C.S. Lewis….

Books like, Charlotte’s Web, Chronicles of Dune, Chronicles of Narnia, The Spider and the Fly, The Trial, The Hobbit, IT, Interview with the Vampire…

Also, filmmakers such as George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, John Ford, Sergio Leone, Peter Jackson….on and on…

And movies like Pan’s Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, Susperia, Star Wars, Brave, Blade Runner, 2001, Alien, King Kong, A Trip to the Moon, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, Phantom of the Opera, 20 Million Miles to Earth, 300.…

So many!!

Can you name a positive experience from your writing and a negative one?

A positive one would be just the simple fact that I “GET” to be able to publish a book and share it with anyone that would love to read it!

A negative experience would have to be when I start to micro-analyze a story to death – one that I would be working on, and it eventually gets myself and, of course, the story nowhere.

With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well? Is this medium important and why?

The rise of ebooks: I have always been a firm believer in print books.  I would read a book in print any day over an ebook.  It makes me feel closer to the story, the fact that I can hold the actual book itself, the smell of the pages, the look of it…everything.  Print books are what I was raised with, and will forever have a place in my soul for them.

However, as an author, I feel that the birth and rise of ebooks has been an essential part in the entire literary process.  They offer the writer the widest possible avenue of promoting and publication, giving one the ability to sell or share their books around the world.  Also, they are inexpensive for the writer as well as the reader, so in that essence the avenue has greatly widened for the exposure of one’s work.

Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write?

NO TV.  Music, yes.  I have to have music playing in the background while I write, even while I think or sleep, for that matter!  😉

Books are important, why is this the case? What can a book provide that say a video game cannot?

I believe books are extremely important.  They enable one to dream, to explore, to strengthen their knowledge of the world, of their language, of their writing skills; also in how one speaks and thinks, and even treat one another.  Essentially, they are what life is really all about.  Stories have existed since the age of humanity.  Painted upon the walls of caves or chiseled in stone, they have been carried down through the countless centuries giving us insight into who we are, where we have been, what could be.  They can shed light into what makes so many of us tick, educating us on politics, religions, historical facts, evolution, and so forth.  My favorite thing about books, and why they are so very important, is that they can expand the imagination in limitless form, often times offering us new avenues of possibility and peace.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself?

Whenever I see a coin lying about, like on a counter top, I have to see if it is tails-side-up – if it is not, then I just have to turn it over so that it is!  Some weird superstitious thing, I guess…and of course, just a little silly! 😉 lol.