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Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen


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

MilSciFi: “Welcome. What was your inspiration for your story?”

Schoen: “My story, "Thresher," actually began as an entry in a Halloween competition among the authors in the online writers' community of Codex ( I started with the traditional Scottish prayer: 

From ghoulies and ghosties/ And long-leggedy beasties/ And things that go bump in the night,/ Good Lord, deliver us!

The night is of course space, the ghosties became the short-lived avatars that exist inside the ship's computers, and the low-gravity adapted Marzians are certainly long-legged.”

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

Schoen: “After I finished the story and sent it in, I realized that it's actually the last chapter of a novel. I've since written the preceding 60,000 words to create the first draft of a short book. Now I'm polishing that up.”

MilSciFi: “What would your ideal project be if you could plan your own anthology?”

Schoen: “That's an ongoing question, and one I hope to have much fun with, as I've started my own small press, Paper Golem (, which has put out one anthology already (featuring stories form the aforementioned online community, Codex), and may soon be releasing the first in what I hope will be a series of anthology-like books.”

MilSciFi: “What other upcoming works are on the horizon for you?”

Schoen: “I have four novels in various stages (two finished, two needing some work) that need to find homes. Then there are many many short stories that I want to write, including several more in the Amazing Conroy series.”

MilSciFi: “If you had a chance to write one story just because you wanted to, and didn't have to worry about if it would sell or not, what would it be about?”

Schoen: “I always write this way. And sooner or later, all the stories sell. Maybe not as quickly as I might like, or for as much money, but at least I get to always write what I want to write. :)”

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

Schoen: “I'm very fond of a story titled "Sweet Potato Pie" which appeared in the Australian ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE, and is still available via Fictionwise. It's probably the closest I'll ever come to magic realism, but humorous at the same time. I'm also very proud of the first Amazing Conroy story, "Buffalo Dogs," which has been translated into more than a dozen languages.”

MilSciFi: “What are you working on next?”

Schoen: “I'm deep in the throes of editing revisions on the first Amazing Conroy novel (tentatively titled BUFFALITO DESTINY) and the THRESHER novel.”

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

Schoen: “I'll be in Yokohama, Japan for the Worldcon (and to see if I win or lose the Campbell Award for best new writer). After that, I'll finish off 2007 with appearances at Capclave, World Fantasy, and Philcon. I'll also be spending a week in Aruba in December (I know, my life is hard).”

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

Schoen: “I can't pick one. As a young reader, I devoured the action novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Reading Heinlein probably started me thinking about writing. And the work of Roger Zelazny made me realize that I could decided what kind of writer I wanted to be.”

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

Schoen: “No, I keep all my awards for myself. Go get your own."

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

Schoen: “Why yes, as a matter of fact, I do. It even contains the opening paragraphs of every story I've sold.

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