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Author Bud Sparhawk

Bud Sparhawk

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2009-05-15: interviews Bud Sparhawk, contributor to the military science fiction anthology, So It Begins, book two in the Defending the Future series.

MilSciFi: "Welcome back. Please tell us a little something about your story, The Glass Box."

Sparhawk: "This story expresses a moral view of the sacrifices that expediency and wisdom play in a deadly war for survival. It's conclusion is completely logical for the task, but horrendous for the individuals involved."

MilSciFi: "Is this part of a large series or universe?"

Sparhawk: "The Glass Box is a continuation of the universe described in my Asimov's story, Bright Red Star, which has subsequently appeared in several anthologies, overseas magazines, and on at least two audiofiles."

MilSciFi: "What inspired you to write this story?"

Sparhawk: "Lots of people wanted more about the war with the Shardies described in Red Star and, when Mike approached me with this anthology, I decided that I should include it here. The alternative was a continuation of the two linked stories in Breech the Hull, but perhaps that's for a later anthology in the series."

MilSciFi: "Does science and technology play an important role in this story (or in your work in general), or is it secondary to the story telling and characterization?"

Sparhawk: "Most of my fiction is technology based, although the focus is on the technologies implications for the characters rather than about the tech itself.  There is a lot of tech in both Red Star and Glass Box, but it is background color rather than theme."

MilSciFi: "Do you have plans to expand upon, or write other works based on this story?"

Sparhawk: "I would like to do a novella about the Shardie War, but haven't yet figured out the best way of how to approach it.  The magazine markets being what they are, this type of story might not be worth the effort of writing."

MilSciFi: "Most authors we encounter write novellas/novels, do you find it a challenge to write short stories?"

Sparhawk: "No, short stories are easy, usually taking only a dozen or so drafts to get it right."

MilSciFi: "Since time is of the essence for getting a read up to speed in a short story, do you have a strategy, or preferred method for doing this?"

Sparhawk: "A short story is essentially structured like a joke set up, expansion, epiphany, and punch line, all done in a dozen or so scenes with as few characters as possible.  Plus, the characters have no lives outside of the story they don't go to the bathroom, for example, or blow their noses or anything else that might distract the reader from the drive of the plot."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any other projects in the works?"

Sparhawk: "One novel under revision, one being assembled out of piece parts, and one first draft that is about 70% complete. I have three novels in circulation to agents, etc, and one under consideration at a publisher.  I also have two dozen or so short stories, novelettes, and novellas in draft.  Not bad considering I only have a couple of hours to write each day."

MilSciFi: "Do you have any upcoming author events?"

Sparhawk: "Most of the local cons Balticon, Confluence, Capclave. We have a signing next week at Reiters Book Store in DC as well."

MilSciFi: "Thank you for joining us."

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