06-08-2011: MilSciFi.com interviews author Nancy Jane Moore, contributor to the anthology, No Man's Land, book four in the Defending The Future series.
MilSciFi: "Welcome. Please tell us about your
story, and what was the inspiration for it?"
Moore: "It was generally inspired by the
struggle between fundamentalist religious groups (of all kinds of religions) and more secular groups. But it also incorporates the complexities of intervention by the larger community (in this case a federation of governments throughout the Solar System) in an internal struggle in one jurisdiction. It's not about current events, because it was written before Arab Spring. But some of what has happened in Egypt or Libya could have inspired a similar story, though if I used that the struggle would be one for political rights against a totalitarian regime."
MilSciFi: "Is it a part of a
Moore: "I did work out the settlement
patterns of the Solar System that underlie this story, and have used them generally as the same background in other work. In fact, as I recall, I wrote about 15 pages about life on Ceres that I thought was the beginning of the story, but that turned out to be the back story."
MilSciFi: "Any plans to
continue with this storyline?"
Moore: "Not this story precisely, at least
not at the moment."
MilSciFi: "Each story is
accompanied by a unique icon, can you tell us something about the relevance
behind your own?"
Moore: "It's Saturn as seen from its moon,
Titan, where the story is based. Saturn is very recognizable, so it seems a clear symbol of where this troop is stationed."
MilSciFi: "How did you become
involved with the No Man's Land project?"
Moore: "I saw a notice about it, and
realized I had a perfect story for it.
MilSciFi: "What were your
thoughts about the fact that this was a collection featuring all-female authors?"
Moore: "I'm always glad to hang out with
other women, whether in print or in person."
MilSciFi: "What tips would you
given an aspiring military science fiction author, female or otherwise?"
Moore: "I don't have a military
background, but I've spent a lot of years in martial arts and I know a lot of people who were in the military. That helps. But I don't think you need that background to write it, so long as you're willing to do some reading and research."
MilSciFi: "Is military accuracy
important to you, or can one simply 'fake' it?"
Moore: "I'll never be as accurate and
detailed as, say, Patrick O'Brian, who did marvelously detailed naval battles in the Aubrey/Maturin series. But I try to avoid glaring errors. In this particular story, I ended up doing more research on Titan than I did on the military aspects."
MilSciFi: "Have you been
involved with any similar projects?"
Moore: "I've done other themed
MilSciFi: "With your growing
success as an author, do you plan to continue writing for the Defending the
Moore: "I'd be delighted to write more for
the series. I love to write adventures stories, and military SF is a subset of that, in my mind."
MilSciFi: "Are there any
upcoming projects you would like to tell us about?"
Moore: "I'm revising a first-contact novel
for an interested publisher. It has a military side, too. And, to mention something completely different, I'll be bringing out an ebook collection of my flash fiction on Book View Cafe this summer."
MilSciFi: "And what events do
you have in the months ahead?"
Moore: "WisCon in Madison,
Wisconsin, over Memorial Day Weekend; ArmadilloCon in Austin,Texas, August 26-28; Capclave in the Washington, D.C., suburbs October 14-16.
MilSciFi: "How can our readers
find out more about your work?"
Moore: "I'm working on a revision to my
website, so the most up-to-date
information is on Book View Cafe:
I also blog at
every Thursday. You can also find me on Facebook."
MilSciFi: "Thank you for your time."