This week we are joined by Dan Melson here to tell us about his novel Setting The Board (Preparations for War 3)
What was the most surprising thing you found out while researching/writing your latest book?
You can help people too much for your own good.
Why did you choose this setting?
It’s a background for events in the broader setting in the Empire of Humanity. Fractal demons (the enemy in the book) facilitated a disastrous civil war in the Empire. A rematch is coming. This series deals with helping the people of a primitive world controlled by the enemy survive when it does.
What’s unique about your world?
The protagonists are funded by a charitable organization, and their presence on the planet is contingent upon not rocking the boat of the intelligence gathering mission that’s the primary reason for a presence there. Everything they do must be attributable to natives
How real do you think the science is in your book?
As real as I can make it, including the economics.
What was the most mundane item that you used that really has cool tech behind it? What is the tech?
Power supplies called siphons that work by pulling mass energy out of failed instances of creation and converting that mass to energy. They’re often paired with converters – which are essentially atomic level 3D printers.
What did you include that you wish was real today?
Those same siphons and converters.
What technology or science do you think will most affect the world of tomorrow?
The thing about technology is it all goes together with conditions being right for it. Technology requires the support structure being present for it – both in economic terms and other technology. Pulling anything important out of the mix causes the whole thing to fall apart. You could argue that the internet has fueled our world more than anything else – but suppose suddenly we had trouble getting power or distributing it to the servers?
How much difference would it have the opportunity to make?
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
The series will conclude with Moving The Pieces, which I’m likely going to need to write in conjunction with the third book of Politics of Empire (working title: The End of Parenthood), as their events are going to bleed over into each other.