MilSciFi: "Welcome. What was
your inspiration for your story?"
Phillips: "I've always enjoyed
old-school SF ala Heinlein and Sturgeon. I like SF with mend-bending science and
ideas, challenging political positions, believable characters, and lots of
action—SF that is just plain fun to read. My friends got tired of my diatribes
about the superiority of older SF and challenged me to write a modern version. I
hope I pulled it off."
MilSciFi: "Do you
have any future plans for stories set in the same universe?"
Phillips: "I envisioned this as
a one-off, but my friends now want more. If your readers give me some positive
feedback, I'll be happy to accommodate them."
MilSciFi: "How would
you describe your experience working on the book?"
Phillips: "I had a blast writing
it. I did six months of pure research on Nazi secret weapons, zero point energy,
Project Paperclip, and the history of atomic and nuclear weapons. Then I wrote
the first draft of The Resqueth
Revolution in six weeks of marathon 14 hours a day, seven days a week
creative trance. It felt like I was seeing a movie in my head and all I had to
do was describe what I was seeing."
MilSciFi: "What was
your favorite part, the concept that just really gets you going?"
Phillips: "Definitely it was the
Nazi secret weapon research, especially the Bell and the flying saucer
prototypes. I got a lot of superb historical details from The Hunt for the Zero Point by Nick
Cook. He was an aviation editor for Jane's Defense Weekly and has
scrupulously researched some military weapons and the results are utterly
fascinating. I highly recommend his book to aficionados of exotic military
MilSciFi: "If you had
a chance to write one story/novel just because you wanted to, and didn't have to
worry about if it would sell or not, what would it be about?"
Phillips: "I always write
because I want to, and I never worry about whether or not it will sell. For me,
writing is all about authentic self expression. I’m confident that it will sell
because I'm sure there are other people interested in the same things I am
interested in. Someday I am going to write my own individualist-anarchist
utopian-revolution novel, following in the footsteps of Robert Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Ayn Rand's
Atlas Shrugged, and John Ross’ Unintended Consequences."
MilSciFi: "What are
you working on next?"
Phillips: "With my brilliant
co-author and lovely wife Charlotte Phillips, I'm working on the next novel in
the Eva Baum detective series. It's a follow up to our first novel Hacksaw and will be called The Golden Key. It will deal with Commie
Chinese agents, gun runners, anarchist revolutionaries, counterfeiting, and a
whole lot more."
advice would you give the aspiring military science fiction writer?"
Phillips: "Get the details
right. Research the firearms, tactics, strategy, everything you can think of,
and run it past experienced vets to see if it is convincing, especially if you
are extrapolating such things into a SF setting where soldiers have to adapt to
non-standard combat conditions (and in The Resqueth Revolution, they are very
non-standard conditions indeed!). But more than the technical details, it is
important to get the mindset right. I have found Richard Strozzi-Heckler's In Search of the Warrior Spirit an
invaluable, insightful, and deeply moving view into what it is to be a modern
warrior. I highly recommend it to your readers."
MilSciFi: "Who is
your single-most influence in science fiction and what impact have they had on
our own work?"
Phillips: "Without a doubt,
Robert Heinlein. The first SF work I read was Podkayne of Mars and I was hooked.
Heinlien communicated deep philosophical insights to me while I was young and
most receptive. The Moon Is a Harsh
Mistress locked in my political views. I Will Fear No Evil expanded my views on
gender, while Stranger in a Strange
Land informed my views on religion. Starship Troopers is still the best work
of military fiction out there. And for your aspiring writers out there, look up
Heinlein's five rules of writing and post them to the wall over the desk where
you work. Following his rules is the only sure path to success."
MilSciFi: "Give us
some details on your upcoming author appearances."
Phillips: "I have two live
appearances scheduled in March. On March 7, I’ll talk to The Final Twist Writers
in Old Town Spring, Texas about writing action scenes and on March 20, Charlotte
and I will spend time with the Parkway Place Book Club in Katy, Texas to talk
about our first novel, Hacksaw."
Also in March, I
launch the official blog book tour for the release of The Resqueth Revolution.
Here’s a list of
other sites I’l' be visiting on my blog tour promoting The Resqueth Revolution.