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Brenda Cooper

Brenda Cooper
 Cracking The Sky

05-20-2011: interviews author Brenda Cooper, contributor to the anthology, No Man's Land, book four in the Defending The Future series.

MilSciFi: "Welcome back. Please tell us about your story, and what was the inspiration for it?

Cooper: "I spoke at the 'Mad Scientists' conference at TRADOC in 2010 Ė which is essentially a glorious mashup of military folk, futurists, and science fiction writers looking at the future of warfare.  Itís unclassified, fun, and I found it really interesting.  This is a conference looking for gold around the edges:  most of the information produced is surely readily available in other formats, some of it is just plain wrong, but some is Ė at least hopefully Ė very useful and somewhat unique. One takeaway for me was respect for a lot of the military people I met there.  Another was story ideas.  This one came from a tabletop conversation about generating electricity to keep troops far from base supplied with power."

MilSciFi: "Is it a part of a larger universe?"

Cooper: "Not yet."

MilSciFi: "Any plans to continue with this storyline?"

Cooper: "Maybe."

MilSciFi: "Each story is accompanied by a unique icon, can you tell us something about the relevance behind your own?"

Cooper: "This patch describes a unified North American government, NORAM, and shows a stylized version of the robot dogs that accompany the soldiers in my story.  The dogs can carry weapons, supplies, and communication gear.  And of courseÖthey have other uses as well.  Thanks to Mike McPhail for doing a perfect drawing of this.  I really love the patch."

MilSciFi: "How did you become involved with the No Manís Land project?"

Cooper: "I was asked.  I liked the idea.  I said yes."

MilSciFi: "What were your thoughts about the fact that this was a collection featuring all-female authors?"

Cooper: "Go girls!  In reality, women authors are under-represented in the military SF community, so I thought this was pretty cool, really.  I hope the book does well."

MilSciFi: "What tips would you given an aspiring military science fiction author, female or otherwise?"

Cooper: "Well, the same Iíd give to any writer.  Write. Write a lot.  Donít expect to be perfect, but writing is practice."

MilSciFi: "Is military accuracy important to you, or can one simply 'fake' it?"

Cooper: "Depends on the time-setting.  Iím really more of a classic science fiction writer who sometimes finds herself writing military science fiction.  But Iíve never served.  I wouldnít even try to be accurate about the experience of serving today; I donít know enough.  Like any other sf, the closer you are to now, the more important literal accuracy is, and the further away you are the less that matters as long as your writing feels plausible.  For example, the military accuracy in the Honor Harrington series isnít about the science or the weapons although they are written well enough that Iím willing to believe them, but itís about the human parts of the experience:  the organization, the moral dilemmas, the challenges, the can-do spirit."

MilSciFi: "Have you been involved with any similar projects?"

Cooper: "Anthologies, yes.  But never a military SF anthology like this.  I liked this a lot."

MilSciFi: "With your growing success as an author, do you plan to continue writing for the Defending the Future series?"

Cooper: "I donít know.  I really enjoyed doing this project and so I may very well."

MilSciFi: "Are there any upcoming projects you would like to tell us about?"

Cooper: "The next novel I have coming out is Mayan December, which will be published by Prime Books in August of 2011.  Itís not military SF.  Itís really more a historical fantasy with SF bits in it.  Mayan December is set in the Yucatan Peninsula, which is one of my favorite places in the world.  It is neither new age nor all about the end of the world; it is about a family, a mystery, and the magic of the old Maya times."

MilSciFi: "And what events do you have in the months ahead?"

Cooper: "I will be launching Mayan December at Worldcon (jointly with my friend Louise Marley who is launching her book, The Brahmís Deception, and I am also working on putting together a reading for No Manís Land.  I donít think itís a question of whether or not weíll do it, but more of when and where. I will also be at World Fantasy this year."

MilSciFi: "How can our readers find out more about your work?"

Cooper: "Information about my Silver Ship series (standard SF, but with fights in it) can be found at and a listing of all of my short stories is available on my regular website at  Thereís more about Mayan December at  I also write a monthly column called Todayís Tomorrowís over at Futurismic."

MilSciFi: "Thank you for your time."

Cooper: "Thank you!"

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