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Author David Sherman

David Sherman
 Delaying Actions
( DemonTech )

: 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 DTF Publications."

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

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 stories."

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 months ahead?"

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  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."

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