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Jeffrey Lyman

Jeffrey Lyman

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: 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?"

Lyman: "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 card."

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

Lyman: "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?"

Lyman: "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?"

Lyman: "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?"

Lyman: "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?"

Lyman: "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?"

Lyman: "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?"

Lyman: "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."

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