Communion Of Dreams

First question.
February 21, 2012, 2:35 pm
Filed under: Art, Guns, Heinlein, Press, Promotion, Robert A. Heinlein, Science Fiction, Writing stuff

So, last week I got a series of questions from a reporter for the local paper, who is working on a story about Communion of Dreams. I spent a lot of time thinking about my answers on my drive to and from Iowa last weekend, and have been working on writing my responses in the last day or so. And I thought that it might be fun to share both the questions, and my answers, over the next several days.

Here’s the first question/answer:

1. First off, just clue me in to the first pieces of science fiction writing that really captivated your attention. Obviously, you’ve written in quite a few different contexts – how prominent a place does science fiction writing occupy in your heart? Do you feel as if you’ve applied any of the tools or ideas gleaned from this genre to other writing projects or pursuits (or vice versa)?

I very much think that good writing is good writing, whatever the venue. As writers, we’re always looking for clarity, insight, information – to convey something we know or feel to the reader. That holds true whether I am writing about a local artist (as I did when I was writing for the Tribune), or discussing my opinion of the quality of a given firearm (as I do for, or sharing the emotional truth of caring for a loved one (Her Final Year), or opening up the possible reality I envision in fiction. So, in essence, all of my writing is related, though perhaps my imagination has been given greater play due to my reading/writing science fiction.

In terms of what science fiction grabbed my attention when I was young . . . well, that’s really hard to say. It’s been a long time, with a lot of life in-between. I know I liked the Heinlein ‘juveniles’. Dune was an early favorite. But by the time I was in early adolescence I was voraciously reading everything in the ‘science fiction’ section of my local library, hungrily devouring book after book.

More tomorrow!

Jim Downey

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