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To start off the new year we have John Wilker joining us to tell us about his novel Space Rogues.




What was the most surprising thing you found out while researching/writing your latest book?

Trying to find some semblance of balance between not getting bogged down in tech explanations and “Could this exist” and writing a fun to read action adventure story.

Why did you choose this setting?

I like series. I like series that may or may not have an overall story. It stems from the TV I loved growing up. Bad guy of the week, mixed with overall character development. The upside with a series based on a ship, the setting gets to be both known and comfortable, and new and exciting. I appreciate good world-building but also appreciate not having to learn about a new world every time I open a book.

What’s unique about your world?

I don’t know if there’s anything truly “unique” in that most sci fi has the same types of things. Aliens, ships, big and small governments. I try to explore each character’s species and culture as we go so that we not only get a better understanding of the crew, but of their people.

How real do you think the science is in your book?

Not very. I mean, maybe someday, but not any time soon. Even the Earth in my story is a set in the future (an undisclosed year) but still close enough to today to make sense to readers, and when Wil is on earth in early scenes the locations make sense.

What was the most mundane item that you used that really has cool tech behind it? What is the tech?

Wristcomms. They’re pretty much the iPhones of the galaxy. Communications, computer access, basic ability to scan things. Different models have different features. Everyone has one so no one really thinks twice about them or their functions, they just use them.

What did you include that you wish was real today?

Also Wristcomms. Heck it’s nerdy but when I first got my iPhone I looked and looked for non-dumb ways to just have mine on my wrist. I haven’t found a way that doesn’t either look ridiculous or would be uncomfortable for all day use. Some day. I used to have a Nokia N800 (IIRC) pocket computer, long before iPads and iPhones. It was really my model for the wristcomm. An easy to use interface, an open system for hacking and making it your own, etc.

What technology or science do you think will most affect the world of tomorrow? Energy. I don’t discuss it much, because I want energy production to just be a thing that happens and no one has to worry. I think that when we crack the nut on either cheap or free energy that doesn’t harm the planet, we’ll see civilization really charge ahead. The downside is that I can’t write “out of gas” type stories, but that’s ok, they’ve been done.

Anything else you would like to share?

I might be an outlier in this series as my books are about as far as from hard scifi as you can get but still have a spaceship on the cover. 🤔  That said I love the angle as it’s different and interesting. Great idea!