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Steven H. Wilson Marches from War-Torn Europe to a Dystopian Future in the Middle of Eternity

Our Kickstarter campaign to bring you volume two of our Middle of Eternity anthology series has managed to raise approximately $1,580. However, we have only 5 days left to raise  the remaining $920 to meet our goal. Otherwise, the project will not be funded at all. If you’re considering whether to back our project, please click here to check out the various donation levels and the rewards we’re offering on Kickstarter.  We deeply appreciate your support!

Continuing our interview series leading up to the release of Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity, please welcome Steven H. Wilson. Steve not only has two stories in our collection, but is also our publisher at Firebringer Press.

Steven H. Wilson

Steve created the Mark Time and Parsec Award-winning podcast series The Arbiter Chronicles, as well as authoring Taken Liberty and several other novels and novellas set in the Arbiters universe. His other works include the novel Peace Lord of the Red Planet, short stories for Crazy 8 Press’s ReDeus series, and contributions to Sequart Press’s Star Wars essay collections. He has written for DC Comics and Starlog, and is publisher for Firebringer Press, whose seventh and latest book, Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity, collects tales of science fiction, fantasy and the paranormal by Mid-Atlantic authors.

We’re thrilled and grateful that you’ve decided to publish another volume of the Middle of Eternity series through Firebringer Press. Additionally, you contributed a pair of fantastic tales, “Making Tracks” and “The Golem and the Gypsy Girl”. What inspired each of these?

“Making Tracks” grew out of my love of railroad stories. Not sure where that came from, but I’ve always loved stories set on and around trains. Perhaps it’s because my Grandfather worked the railroads starting when he was about 12 years old. He saw the first tracks laid in our little town in North Carolina, and he saw them pulled back up fifty years later. Our time is a time of ever-changing technology, and I think it’s good for our fiction to examine that.

I love the story of the golem. I’ve always loved robots, and they have their origin in this tale of a created man who carried his own spark of the divine and came to save the Jews of Prague. The Roma culture has long fascinated me, going back to the Universal horror films of the 30s and 40s. These two characters, so steeped in the folklore of their particular cultures, just sort of popped into my head one day, and I decided to use them to create a story reminiscent of those wonderful Frankenstein and Wolfman films of long ago. With a smart female protagonist, for a change. I like Mura because she knows what she wants from life, and she goes after it. She’s told at a way-too-young age that it’s time to be an adult; so she decides to be one, but on her terms, not her family’s or her tribe’s.

Since our last interview, you also created a new paranormal audio series called The Cattail Country Store that can be heard at Prometheus Radio Theatre. How did this idea come about? We will see these stories in print someday?

I spent many weeks of my growing up years in the community of Pensacola, NC. That’s where the aforementioned railroad used to run. And, back in those days, there were a lot of country stores by the roadsides. People even used to just put up shacks in their front yards to run a store and make extra cash. By the time I came along, most of those stores were abandoned, their signs still up, reminding us what used to be. I loved to imagine what those stores were like when they were open; and, it being Appalachia, where we love ghost stories, I naturally imagined there were ghosts. When I decided I wanted to play with paranormal stories, I pretty quickly decided that there were lots of possibilities in the idea of one of those ghost-stores coming to life whenever somebody needed it to. It’s a strong anthology format, and it lets the authors come up with solid stories about people and their problems. Stuart S. Roth created a wonderfully atmospheric tale, ”Spanish Moss,” for the series. Several other writers are working on contributions, including Danielle Ackley-McPhail and a guy named Phil Giunta. When we have ten or twelve stories, I plan to publish a print anthology.

Your original SF series, The Arbiter Chronicles, began as an award-winning audio drama on your podcast site, Prometheus Radio Theatre. This has spawned two excellent novels (Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion). You also adapted the first four episodes of the audio drama into eNovellas. Now, I understand a third novel is ready for publication. What can you tell us about it?

“Ready for publication” is a bit of a stretch, but the first draft is complete. [Note: Steve answered these questions in February so as of now, his next novel is in final editing] I’ll be re-writing for the next couple of months, and launching a crowd funding campaign. The book and accompanying full-cast audiobook should be released in July. The title is Sacrifice Play, and it’s about a technology so dangerous that its creators are being killed. One Naval Officer decides that, since his ship is carrying this literally viral technology, he has no choice but to destroy the ship and kill everyone aboard. And, well, the Arbiters just happen to be hitching a ride with him. They get sort of annoyed when someone tries to blow them up, so they’ll be going after this fanatic.

Where can we find you online (website, blog, social media)?

www.stevenhwilson.com

https://www.facebook.com/steven.h.wilson

https://twitter.com/StevenHWilson

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SteveWilsonAuthor/posts

What does Steve Wilson do when he isn’t writing?

I’m Chief Technology Officer for Howard County Fire & Rescue. I also do some IT Consulting. Other than that I read a lot.

 

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Lance Woods Brings Undying Fear to the Middle of Eternity

Our Kickstarter campaign to bring you volume two of our Middle of Eternity anthology series has managed to raise approximately $1,435. However, we have only 6 days left to raise  the remaining $1,065 to meet our goal. Otherwise, the project will not be funded at all. If you’re considering whether to back our project, please click here to check out the various donation levels and the rewards we’re offering on Kickstarter.  We deeply appreciate your support!

Our next victim, uh, I mean author to be interviewed during our countdown to Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity is Lance Woods.

Lance began his writing “career” in 1967 by penning a one-page episode of the Batman TV series at age 5. His published works by Firebringer Press include the short stories “The Gravest Show Unearthed” in the anthology Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity (2016); “Dead Air” in the anthology Somewhere in the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMiddle of Eternity (2014); and Heroic Park: A SuperHuman Times Novel (2012). He also performs with Prometheus Radio Theatre; is a founding member of both the Cheap Treks comedy troupe and The Boogie Knights filk group; and has had two comedy-mysteries – Breeding Will Tell and Murder Case – produced by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. In the real world, he has worked for more than 25 years writing in the comic-book industry, but if he told you what he did, he’d have to bore you.

We’re excited to have you join us for another excursion into the Middle of Eternity. What inspired your latest story, “The Gravest Show Unearthed”?

It began as an idea for a historical novel I thought about writing a very long time ago, one in which a self-promoting entrepreneur (no, not Donald Trump) accidentally unleashes an unspeakable horror (see last parenthetical) on the world and then has to take him down. I can’t say much more because it would ruin the ending.

I can say that I’m overjoyed to return to Eternity to finally be able to tell it.

Your first novel, Heroic Park, is a direct spin-off of your SuperHuman Times audio drama series as heard on Prometheus Radio Theatre. What is the SuperHuman Times series all about and what’s coming next in that universe?

For those who came in late, SuperHuman Times is an anthology that explores the ordinary lives of extraordinary people – superhumans, and their interactions with humans. It’s a world where they have jobs other than heroes or villains, and the stories include action, romance, comedy or anything else I can come up with.

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of SuperHuman Times’ debut on Prometheus. That said, I have suspended the writing of new scripts, or a follow-up to the SuperHuman Times novel Heroic Park, until further notice. We have a backlog of scripts waiting to be produced for a variety of completely legitimate reasons, so there are no big celebration activities or specials planned, and I have no intention on writing any new Times stories until more of the dormant ones are produced. Anything new would just add to the clog.

That doesn’t mean I’m not trying to work up something special on my own to mark the occasion. Whether or not I can pull it off is anyone’s guess. Check SuperHumanTimes.com on November 3, 2016 and we’ll all find out.

In addition to acting in audio dramas for podcasts, you also read your prose aloud at conventions and join fellow voice actors from Prometheus Radio Theatre for live performances at Farpoint, an annual SF convention in Maryland. What advice would you give to new authors to help them overcome trepidation about reading their work to the public?

It sounds self-centered, but I always try to tune out the audience and pretend that I’m recording an audiobook instead of giving a live reading. I try to let the scenes and characters I’ve written take me back to the place where I first got excited about writing them. If I’m lucky, I’ve written something that’s good enough to accomplish that, and the audience comes along for the ride.

Where can we find you online (website, blog, social media)?

There’s SuperHumanTimes.com, which offers links to all of the existing podcasts and gets updated on the rare occasions there’s something new (like in November, if I can get my act together). I also have a Facebook page for SuperHuman Times, which gets updated on the same basis. I do not Tweet, Pin or Instagram. Being ignored on the platforms I use now is enough.

What does Lance Woods do when he isn’t writing?

This March, I marked 25 years of working full-time as a copywriter/editor in the comic book industry. My job’s in the marketing and distribution end of the business, so I don’t get to write the cool stories. It’s not the kind of writing I’d rather do full-time, but people actually give me money for my words on a regular basis, which keeps a roof over my family’s collective head and allows me to call myself a working writer. So, I guess when I’m not writing, I’m writing, and I’m lucky.
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Daniel Patrick Corcoran Explores Distant Planets in the Middle of Eternity

The good news is that our Kickstarter campaign to bring you volume two of our Middle of Eternity anthology series has managed to raise $944! However, we have only 15 days left to raise $1,500 to meet our goal. Otherwise, the project will not be funded at all. If you’re considering whether to back our project, please click here to check out the various donation levels and the rewards we’re offering on Kickstarter.  We deeply appreciate your support!

The next featured author on our menu is Daniel Patrick “Renfield” Corcoran.

Renfield is a familiar face in the BaltiDaniel Patrick Corcoranmore convention scene, most notably having performed with the Usual Suspects and Cheap Treks comedy troupes, as well as sometimes lending his voice to Prometheus Radio Theatre. He has recently turned his energies to the printed page under the pen name Daniel Patrick Corcoran.

I see you’ve suited up for another daring expedition into the Middle of Eternity! This time around, you come equipped with a brilliant story that harkens back to the days of the golden age of science fiction. Please tell us what inspired “The Hard Place”.

When the last Middle of Eternity anthology came out from Firebringer I heard a few people lamenting that among the various supernatural and fantasy stories included, there were very few science fiction stories. I therefore decided that my contribution to this volume would be science fiction, and I wanted to make sure it was as science fiction-y as possible.

So I set it in deep space, on a space station, near an alien planet. Got it. Why are they there? Aliens! Great! Problem? Asteroid! Ethical dilemma. But I didn’t want to tell an entire story about an ethical dilemma. Science fiction twist! Bigger dilemma. Great. There are a lot of different elements in there, because I did keep harkening back to the classic science fiction stories and remembering how much fun they were. I like to think I crafted a story that will keep the reader entertained.

What other writing projects are you working on now and are there any genres outside of SF and horror that you would like to explore as a storyteller?

A local game company recently approached me about writing a backstory and flavor text for a humorous fantasy strategy game they’re producing. It’s still in the early stages, but sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

I really enjoy mysteries, and I have been wanting to explore that genre for a while now. I have ideas for a series with a sleuth character I’ve been kicking around, as well as a series of puzzle-solving stories that I’ve been wanting to develop.

Most people know you by one name: Renfield. Of course, we know this to be a main character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but how precisely did you come about this sobriquet?

Actually, that was just a fan name I picked up shortly after I started attending science fiction conventions regularly. When I first met my wife that was the only name she knew me by, and she told her family she was dating this guy named Renfield and, well, she has a pretty big family. Now I have one side of my family that knows me exclusively as Renfield.

When it came time to print my story in the previous Middle of Eternity volume, I asked my wife what name I should publish it under. She asked, “What’s wrong with Renfield?” I replied, “Honey, it’s a vampire story!”

What does Renfield do when he isn’t writing?

When I’m not herding house rabbits, I’m usually out exploring the food scene of Baltimore.

 

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Sacrifice Play – A New Tale from Arbiter Chronicles!

Ladies and gents, if you enjoy science fiction and space opera, and you have not read or listened to Steven H. Wilson’s Arbiter Chronicles series, you are missing some of the best characters and stories in the genre. Here is your chance to get caught up.

Steven is releasing SACRIFICE PLAY, his third novel in a series of tales that spans 15 years and began as full cast audio dramas that have won both the Parsec and Mark Time Awards.

I had the honor of proofreading the manuscript for Sacrifice Play and it is a suspenseful adventure with outstanding characters. If you can spare three minutes, click here to let Steve Wilson tell you all about this latest installment of the Arbiter Chronicles in his Kickstarter.

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The Conclusion of “Water to Share”

The conclusion to my SF story, “Water to Share”, is available for your FREE listening pleasure on Prometheus Radio Theatre.

If you like this story, please consider purchasing the entire anthology, Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity, from your favorite online bookseller in paperback or in the ebook format of your preference (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, etc). Thank you for your support!

Click here to listen to the conclusion.

 

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“Water to Share” Part Two

The second audio installment of my science fiction tale, “Water to Share”, is now available for your free listening pleasure. This story is featured in the 2014 speculative fiction anthology, Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity, published by Firebringer Press.

Desperate to save his dying wife, an exiled scientist makes a discovery that could change the fate of a galaxy…

Click here to listen to Part Two!

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