10AUG2011: MilSciFi.com interviews author David Sherman, contributor to the anthology, By Other Means, book three in the Defending The Future series.
MilSciFi: "Welcome back. Please tell us about
your story, and what was the inspiration for it?"
Sherman: "The inspiration for 'Delaying
Action' was that Mike McPhail, the editor of DTF Publications, asked me for a
story for By Other Means. He was
gracious enough to agree to a DemonTech story even though it's not,
strictly speaking, Military Science Fiction, more Military fantasy."
MilSciFi: "Is it a part of a larger universe?"
Sherman: " 'Delaying Action' is set in my DemonTech
universe; as such it is part of an ongoing story line. The series began with Onslaught,
published in 2002. Even though it can be
read by itself, this story falls in place between 'Surrender or Die,' which
appeared in So It Begins, and the novella 'Get Her Back!', published by
MilSciFi: "Any plans to continue with this
Sherman: "I keep getting emails from fans
who want more DemonTech. As long
as someone is willing to publish DemonTech stories, I'll keep writing
them. At least until the end of the
planned story arc."
MilSciFi: "Each story is accompanied by a
unique icon, can you tell us something about the relevance behind your own?"
Sherman: "Spinner and Haft, my two main
characters, are Frangerian Marines--a French Foreign Legion type of unit. The Frangerian Marine emblem is a
trident-bearing merman on a ocean stream, so the icon comes straight from the
MilSciFi: "How did you become involved with
the By Other Means project?"
Sherman: "I met Mike McPhail some years ago
at Philcon, and we've become friendly.
He likes my writing, and I like what he's doing. So, as long as he's willing to slip the
occasional bit of military fantasy into a milSF anthology, I'll continue to
contribute to the Defending the Future series."
MilSciFi: "What tips would you given an
aspiring military science fiction author?"
Sherman: "Ahh, yesm the aspiring milSF
author. Gmmmph. It's like this, the military isn't just a
job, it's a way of life with a culture all its own, quite unrelated to what we
who serve(d) sometimes call "real life." Within the military, every branch has its own
culture distinct from the others. In
order for one's milSF writing to have the necessary verisimilitude to satisfy
veterans, one must live that culture. In
other words, if you want to write about the military, serve a tour first. Otherwise, you probably get it wrong."
MilSciFi: "Is military accuracy important to
you, or can one simply 'fake' it?"
Sherman: "See my answer to the previous
questions. I can tell very quickly
whether an author has any military experience.
Having bee in a Marine myself, if an author is writing about Marines, I
can tell just about immediately if the writer has ever worn the Eagle Globe and
Anchor. If the writer hasn't, I have no
interest in reading the story--because I know it gets the details wrong."
MilSciFi: "Have you been involved with any
similar projects outside the series?"
Sherman: "I am a novelist at heart, with
very few short works of fiction to my credit.
Most of those short works have been in DTF Publications books."
MilSciFi: "Are there any upcoming projects
you would like to tell us about?"
Sherman: "I've begun a big project, but
don't want to talk about it publicly just now."
MilSciFi: "And what events do you have in the
Sherman: "Events? I'm a regular at Balticon, which is on
Memorial Day weekend. Otherwise, I don't
get around very much."
MilSciFi: "How can our readers find out more
about your work?"
Sherman: "My website is http://novelier.com. The site has information about all of my
books, and a series of 'Opinions,' short essays on whatever topic I felt like
sounding off about."
MilSciFi: "Thank you for joining us."