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Interview with Lawrence N. Oliver

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After a bit of a break we are back with Lawrence N. Oliver, here to tell us about his novel THE LAST MARINES

 

Why did you choose this setting?

Clearly, my book is not a work of near future hard science fiction. I wanted to have the freedom to explore my own imagination. Science Fiction/ Space Opera was, in my opinion, the best way to do that without having to answer to the rules that exist in known environments.

What’s unique about your world?

The origins of some of the characters from human fantasy and horror legends are or will be explained in this series as being of an alien nature. Some of whom visited Earth for various reasons at various times in our history. This is not the main theme of the series just neat little addition. One of the main alien species in the series are bigger than humans and drink blood as their primary means of sustenance. Of course, they don’t turn into bats, they don’t explode in the sun, though Earth’s levels of UV radiation are on the high side for them. If they bite you, you will not turn into one of them. Stabbing them in the heart with a stake will get the job done as long as you get both hearts. Garlic is a personal preference.

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

Lol, probably not very plausible as we know technology now. Kinetic power generators for equipment and ion based energy weapons, Magnetic Particle Collision Drives to jump vast distances of space in relatively short amounts of time. Anti-gravity vehicles that generate magnetic fields to defeat gravity. Suspended animation, powered armor, AI battleships, self aware robots, cybernetics.

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

A fairly new technology in the book are nanites that can be used for everything from doors to internal healthcare, tools, weapons etc… etc… The technology was originally developed for medical purposes.

What did you include that you wish was real today?

Either the nanites or the faster than light travel, probably the nanites.

What technology or science do you think will most affect the world of tomorrow?

AI

Anything else you would like to share?

If you don’t like space battles, cyborgs, diverse flawed characters, aliens, AIs, mechs, robots or bad language this book may not be for you.

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