09-05-07: MilSciFi.com interviews author Tony Ruggiero, contributor to the upcoming military science fiction
anthology "Breach the Hull".
MilSciFi: "Welcome. What was your inspiration for your
Ruggiero: "I got hung up on the word “Breach”
and I couldn’t help thinking about this in terms of what one places into a
breach, usually a bullet, and somehow I got the shape of a coffin out of that.
Yeah my brain is just not wired right. From there the space ship became the
weapon from which the coffin would be fired from. Coffins of course are lodged
permanently in my head because of my vampire work."
MilSciFi: "Do you have any future plans for
stories set in the same universe?"
Ruggiero: "This story, as one can tell from
the ending, is wide open for additional stories to cover the timeframe of the
last mission for the vampires to get to the present or future. As far as doing anything with it, that’s up
to the people that read the story. If they like it I would be happy to do more
MilSciFi: "What would your ideal project be if you could plan
your own anthology?"
Ruggiero: "I have had my own anthology of
short stories published, called Aliens
and Satanic Creatures Wanted: Humans Need Not Apply, which I had a lot of
fun doing so I would like to do some expansion on the concept of a group of
stories where the main character is not human."
MilSciFi: "What other upcoming works are on
the horizon for you?"
Ruggiero: "In September 2007 I have a novel
called Alien Revelation being
released from Dragon Moon Press. It is the second and final novel in my space
opera series. In February 2008, my next vampire novel, Operation Save the Innocent will be released. This is the second of
four planned novels in my Team of Darkness universe I created."
MilSciFi: "How would you describe your
experience working on the book?"
Ruggiero: "Working and contributing to
anthologies is always fun and interesting. It’s like making a drink where there
are different flavors in it and the fun is when you get tot taste a little of
each one as you read it. 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? Well I guess I take that kind of attitude toward every story
I write in that I always write what I want. If I was doing it just for the
money….well you know what they say if you just do it for the money."
MilSciFi: "What is your favorite story you
have ever written and why?"
Ruggiero: "That’s a tough question, but I
think the one that comes to mind first is Lucky Lucifer’s Car Emporium. The
story deals with the experience of car shopping and the experience can
sometimes be associated with dealing with the devil."
MilSciFi: "What are you working on next?"
Ruggiero: "Working on a story that deals with
the concept of creating a new human race that involves adding some of the
vampire and werewolf traits into humans in an attempt to create the perfect
human being for the Utopian world."
MilSciFi: "Do you have a website where our
readers can go to fine more information about your work?"
Ruggiero: "My website is at www.tonyruggiero.com.
I also maintain a website on myspace and live journal where you can find many
of my short stories."
MilSciFi: "Is military science fiction the
only thing you write, or is there something else out there we should be looking
Ruggiero: "My vampire novels, the Team of Darkness Series, include a
military aspect but my science fiction, Alien
Deception and Alien Revelation is
more space opera. I like to play in several areas so I tend to write in several