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Bud Sparhawk


08-20-07: interviews author Bud Sparhawk, contributor to the upcoming military science fiction anthology "Breach the Hull".

MilSciFi: “Welcome. What was your inspiration for your stories?"

Sparhawk: "The universe of CLAY’S PRIDE gave me the foundation background for both stories; where the Fleet has become protector/watchdog of Earth’s far-flung colonies.  BROADSIDE arose from a conversation with John Hemry about the realities of space warfare, while ALLIANCES resulted from a conversation with Robert Chase about the economics of interstellar travel.  Most of the rest I made up."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any future plans for stories set in the same universe?"

Sparhawk: "I expanded CLAY’S PRIDE into a novel that is now seeking a publisher.  I might do some more along the lines of ALLIANCES because the idea of space piracy has a certain appeal and the characters were so engaging.

MilSciFi: "What is your favorite story you have ever written and why?

Sparhawk: "They are all my children and I love each of them, but I would say PRIMROSE AND THORN was my all-out favorite.   This story dealt with sailing on Jupiter which involved learning a lot about the planet ( probe was sending data back as I was writing it) and merging that with my love of sailing. This story and its sequel were the keystone of my DANCING WITH DRAGONS anthology."

MilSciFi: "What are you working on next?"

Sparhawk: "I am always working on three or four pieces of short fiction and generally a novella.  I want to develop more pieces on the Shardies that were featured in BRIGHT RED STAR (and coming from the same concept, CLAY’S PRIDE). I’m also working on a fantasy series and some more in the humorous SAM BOONE series."

MilSciFi: "Give us the details on your upcoming author appearances."

Sparhawk: "I will be at CapClave in October, PhilCon in November, and Balticon in the spring."

MilSciFi: "Who is your single-most influence in science fiction and what impact have they had on our own work?"

Sparhawk: "I grew up on Sturgeon, Asimov, and Bester but the main influence has been a lifelong subscription to Astounding/Analog. Stan Schmidt has influenced my work considerably with his gentle prodding, suggestions, and skillful editing of my submissions. I also like him because he buys so much of my stuff."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any awards you would like to share with us?"

Sparhawk: "I have been a finalist for the Novella Nebula category three times and received a commendation from the annual UPC Committee.  I also got an ANLAB award."

MilSciFi: "Do you have a website where our readers can go to fine more information about your work?"

Sparhawk: "I have a complete bibliography and other material of interest on my website  Many of the stories listed are linked to Fictionwise so that people can download them."

MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking for?"

Sparhawk: "In  2001 an agent told me that, with a name like mine, I should try to write some MilFic.  CLAY’S PRIDE came out of that suggestion, but partway through 9/11 came about and resulted in BRIGHT RED STAR.  Portions of that story got me an invitation to this anthology.  The direct answer to the question is that I write a lot of “hard” SF, mostly for Analog."


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