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11-08-08: MilSciFi.com interviews Andy Remic, author of the upcoming military science fiction novel BIOHELL.

MilSciFi: "Welcome. What was your inspiration for your story?"

Remic: "BIOHELL began life with two discrete threads. The first was my distaste at Microsoftís operating system monopoly and its comedy pricing system; the second was the horror at so many people undergoing vanity surgery, and the subsequent comedy outcomes. This led to the creation of NANOTEK, a massive Quad-Galaxy hardware and software conglomerate, and its market-dominating creation, the Biomod Human Upgrade, a series of nano-robots which can alter the effect of the end-user and improve the product to create Beautiful People. In the novel, this system is then abused to a massive degree by a beauty-junkie population high on the effects of perceived self improvement. Blending the two ideas, I thought it would be fun to explore what happened when this dominating technology went seriously wrong."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any future plans for stories set in the same universe?"

Remic: "Yes, the first book WAR MACHINE was set in the same universe, and the next novel, HARDCORE shares many characters, but all three books Ė whilst exploring a massive story arc of war and archaeological degradation Ė can be read independently. The next novel, HARDCORE, follows the theme of medical deviation, and the first draft is practically finished. Which means Iím not letting go of Combat K just yet! After HARDCORE, Iím starting a new cycle of high-action kick-ass SF novels, but will keep returning to the Combat K universe to add, expand and explore these superb and deviated mix of maniac characters Iíve created."

MilSciFi: "What would your ideal project be if you could plan your own anthology?"

Remic: "Definitely an anthology of short stories by my favourite writers, all linked by a common theme Ė for example, a future SF society where future SF has been outlawed, under punishment of organ removal. So weíd have Iain Banks, Ken MacLeod, James Lovegrove, Eric Brown, Ian Watson, Terry Pratchett (itís been way too long since heís done SF), William Gibson, Charles Stross, Piers Anthony, Tony Ballantyne, Grant Naylor, Ian Graham, Jeffrey Thomas, Scott SiglerÖ God, I could go on all evening!! It would be great fun co-ordinating and maybe collaborating with all these cool writers."

MilSciFi: "What other upcoming works are on the horizon for you?"

Remic: "Iím working on a hardcore visceral fantasy with a touch of machine vampirism, soon to be announced in the press. It will be a faster, more vicious and hard-hitting fantasy than ever before penned! (or so the marketing blurb goes). Honest!!"

MilSciFi: "How would you describe your experience working on the book?"

Remic: "Exhausting! BIOHELL is the longest book Iíve ever written, and I think I put down about 200,000 words, then cut it back to 165,000. And to keep so much energy and action rising towards a satisfying climax was a true feat of endurance. Iím going to climb Everest next, itíll be a damn sight easier!! However, thatís not to say the process wasnít immense fun. There isnít much in life that can beat writing the climax of your new novel (although a couple of things do pop into mind) and itís just awesome to finally see it in print. So, overall, an exciting, if tiring, writing marathon."

MilSciFi: "If you had a chance to write one story just because you wanted to, and didn't have to worry about if it would sell or not, what would it be about?"

Remic: "To be honest, I write the stories I want to. I always have. Itís some kind of weird miracle that several editors have thought my books were marketable! If I didnít write exactly what I wanted, I wouldnít be able to put my total undiluted enthusiasm, heart and soul into a project. And without that, my work would be shit. And itís not, itís exciting, fast-paced, kick-ass, and I try my damned hardest to provide as much entertainment per $ as is humanly possible. After all, I write to entertain. Unfortunately, when writers start performing like monkeys in a circus freakshow (it happens), their work ends up diluted and devoid of passion. Whether you like it or not, my books have passion by the truckload!"

MilSciFi: "What is your favorite story you have ever written and why?"

Remic: "My latest novel BIOHELL is without a shadow of a doubt the best thing Iíve ever written, and my overall favourite storyline of all time. I think itís a distillation of many ideas which have been gestating for two decades, and then married to a kick-ass combat squad with many touches of black humour. For example, in what other novel does a lead character drag his eight-foot transmogrified and mutated girlfriend around the war-torn landscape on a lead?"

MilSciFi: "Give us the details on your upcoming author appearances."

Remic: "Iím a bit quiet until next year, when Iím doing some book signings and attending Eastercon in the UK. After that, Iíll just have to wait and see who invites me"

MilSciFi: "What advice would you give the aspiring military science fiction writer?"

Remic: "Be completely anal about every sentence you write, make sure you get it right, work harder than hard and be as persistent as a terrier on a leg. Stephen King gives excellent advice in his On Writing, and what I like about Kingís book is that itís totally down to earth, realistic, lacking in bullshit. The best piece of advice good old Kingy gives is ďomit needless wordsĒ, so I shall say the same. Omit needless words. Trim the trash. Cut the crap. Make your sentences sparkle!"

MilSciFi: "Who is your single-most influence in science fiction and what impact have they had on your own work?"

Remic: "Iain Banks. He is SF God. I love his books, but do not in any way emulate them. Iím a lot more visceral and horror-based than Banks, whereas his wide-spanning Space Opera and invention of the Culture is just superb. So, although heís one reason I write science fiction, and thus has influenced me to write in this fabulous arena, his words do not directly influence my writing. I write like Remic. And thereís only one (thank God!!)."

MilSciFi: "What is the one thing you find most difficult about writing military science fiction?"

Remic: "There isnít anything. Itís all just brilliant."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any awards you would like to share with us?"

Remic: "I won a couple of Hugos back in 1967Ö no, thatís a lie. Hmm. Awards. Iíve never considered them, and it would appear they donít consider me. Haha. I donít write for awards, I write to entertain Ė myself, and my audience. Thatís what interests me, if I can provoke emotions, make a reader laugh or cry, or grip the edge of their seat with excitement and excrement Ė then my job is done and Iím a happy bunny."

MilSciFi: "Do you have a website where our readers can go to fine more information about your work?"

Remic: "Yep. Itís www.andyremic.com and I have a drivel-filled blog where I drivel on pointlessly, at andyremic.blogspot.com. You can also check out my publishers at www.solarisbooks.com. Can I also mention some recent podcasting Iíve ďperformedĒ, that of my first novel SPIRAL and my recent military SF novel, WAR MACHINE, both available totally free from www.podiobooks.com."

MilSciFi: "Do you write under any other names?"

Remic: "No. I like my name. Itís kind of furry and squidgy at the same time, and gives me considerable joy and comfortÖ like a pipe of fine old tobacco, and a friendly *vagina*."

MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking for?"

Remic: "I consider myself a writer, and over the years in my vast learning curve to the point of publication, have written in most genre fields. Horror, fantasy, SF, and even some inky squidgy little childrenís books. I think, though, with SF, and action-fuelled SF in particular, I have found a particular forte in which I shine, although Iím also very enthusiastic about the hardcore fantasy stuff Iím working on. I intend to be a pioneer writing in the field of psycho fantasy, providing an impure distillation of J. R. R. Tolkien, Sam Raimi and Arnold Schwarzenegger."

Many thanks!!

Andy Remic, Comedy Zombie, Halloween 2008.


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