05-20-2011: MilSciFi.com interviews author Jeffrey Lyman 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?"
"I was mowing the lawn one day, thinking about an old article in
Scientific American about how easy it might be to start a nuclear winter (the
latest modeling programs indicate that it would be far easier than we once
thought, due to ash and dust particles being thrust into the
stratosphere). The concept of the war between Earth and Mars developed
quickly, but it was too static (since the damage to both had already been
done). The aggressive Jovian moons cropped up because I needed a wild
MilSciFi: "Is it a part of a larger universe?"
"No, but it could be. I do a lot with semi-lowtech ships and a
fairly local scattering of human habitation in the Solar System."
MilSciFi: "Any plans to continue with this storyline?"
"I absolutely will if there is an interest in seeing more. Everyone
in this story has more story to tell."
MilSciFi: "Each story is accompanied by a unique icon, can
you tell us something about the relevance behind your own?"
"My icons are the planetary patches for the three main groups of
combatants. Earch/Luna, Mars with tiny Phobos and Deimos, and Jupiter
with her four big moons. The Galilean symbol additionally has a stylized
Chi/Rho, which was an early Christian symbol used by The Emperor Constantine."
MilSciFi: "What tips would you given an aspiring military
science fiction author?"
"Write about characters in conflict. Anyone can write and
run-and-shoot, or a giant spaceship battle, but it won't have any heart and you
won't stand out from the pack. Make us care about a person or people, and
we'll follow you anywhere."
MilSciFi: "Is military accuracy important to you, or can
one simply 'fake' it?"
"I prefer to write civilians caught in a military conflict, so the details
might be a bit vague because they are vague to the main character. That
being said, accuracy is important. Ask a vet for advice."
MilSciFi: "With your growing success as an author, do you
plan to continue writing for the Defending the Future series?"
"It's a fun series. So long as I can come up with ideas that
interest the editors, I'd love to continue with the series."
MilSciFi: "Are there any upcoming projects you would like
to tell us about?"
"I was a recent winner of the Writers of the Future competition, Volume 27
for a somewhat hard SF story about miners separated by vast distances on the
outskirts of our solar system, and the ever present need for human
contact. Additionally, I have a military Fantasy story appearing in the
June 2011 issue of OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show."
MilSciFi: "Thank you for your time."