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Mark H. Phillips

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05-02-2009: interviews Mark Phillips, author of the military science fiction novel
The Resqueth Revolution

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 weaponry."

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."

MilSciFi: "What 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.

Aspiring military SF writers may be particularly interested in my serial articles on how to write action scenes, and how to write about violence. You’ll be able to check out chapters of The Resqueth Revolution and even win a free autographed copy if you participate in our quizzes.

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