Author of: “Recovery”
Current Geographic Location: Seattle, Washington
Original Hometown: Fresno, Ca
Recent publications: My short story “Moonlight in Scarlet” appeared in Cover of Darkness from Sam dot Publishing. I felt very honored when this story made Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mention List for Best Horror Fiction in 2011. “Darkly Dreaming in Black Waters” appeared in Night Terrors II from Blood Bound Books. My science fiction story “Requiem” appeared in the anthology Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations from Dark Moon books.
I just recently finished writing a good chunck of the Vampire: the Masquerade V20 RPG supplement titled Hunters Hunted 2.
Do you think alien life exists in the Universe? The universe is far too vast for life to only exist on one sad lonely rock. If we are the only life in the epic scope and time of the universe, then existence is really a huge waste of space. However, I concede that it may be centuries before humanity comes into contact with a species capable with communicating with us.
If you could travel off Earth, would you? What if it meant you could never come back? I have a bag packed just in case the TARDIS ever shows up. I would love to see the stars, explore the universe, and then write a travelogue. If we survive, I believe that our destiny as a species to explore the universe. Just this month, a man-made object, Voyager 1, escaped the solar system for the very first time.
What inspired your essay? There were a number of threads in my life that combined into this story. First, I talked to a friend of mine named Ed about his experiences in the military overseas and a number of the little details came from incidents that actually happen to him. I read an article about a man with a strange skin condition during a time when my allergies were causing me problems with my eyes. The rest of the story crystalized for me when I was writing for a web service named ChronoZoom that attempts to present a visualization of the scope of time and worked with the brilliant Doctor Walter Alvarez; the scientist known for helping form the theory about how the dinosaurs went extinct.
How many rewrites did you do before submitting? I wrote three drafts. The first two were in second person.
What is your favorite bit?
This is a strong hand. I imagine how easy it would be to snap the leather straps that bind me to this place and then I smell hope.
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