There’s nothing about the writing side of being an author that I really find arduous, other than finding the time to do it alongside a full time job and getting ready for the arrival of my first child!
I don’t really enjoy a lot of the marketing side of being a self-published author, but only because I still don’t really understand what does and doesn’t work and worry that I am wasting time and energy that could be better spent writing. However, I’m starting to learn how to relax and focus on the parts of it I enjoy, such as this interview!
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Great Connection?
‘The Great Connection’ is a real-time virtual reality simulation of the Universe. Once connected, users across the world are able to visit and explore representations of celestial bodies, and search for alien life. However, in the ten years it has been operational, nothing has been found, and the once great citizen science project has become little more than a novelty.
That is until Raif Masters is forced to spend his final school summer in the ‘Simuverse’ as a punishment by his father. Expecting nothing but baron rocks, Raif is surprised to meet a girl, Cinder, who has a secret discovery that will change the course of humanity forever...
What inspired you to write this book?
The first premise that got me excited was reading a science article about how we can discern matter from the light that has passed through it and how this was being used to study distance planets. I wondered how this might develop, coupled with the recent resurgence in virtual reality technology. This led me to a future where we have replaced physical space exploration for simulated exploration, utilising consumer ideals to ‘buy in’ to a mass citizen science project to explore the stars.
Against this backdrop I was also interested in recent genetic advancements in three-parent children, and how this might affect the family units of the future and applied this to the characters at the centre of the story. With those elements in place, I also wanted to try my hand at a bit of ‘world building’ and create a drama with a small cast, but with huge consequences.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
During the week I spend around 1-2 hours writing when I can, as I have a full time job to contend with. At the weekend I try to do a double session. So on a good week I may get ten hours or so writing in. It’s nowhere near as much as I would like, but it’s pretty consistent, and needs must.
Name your top five favorite books.
I don’t like this question! I’m sure I answer it differently every time someone asks! I read a lot of science fiction in short story collections of generic titles, so you can add to this list a lot of Philip K Dick, Asimov and others.
The Lord Of The Rings (Tolkien)
Someone Like You (Dahl)
Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy (Adams)
Cloud Atlas (Mitchell)
What are you working on now?
I am working on my third book, working title ‘Transported!’. It is a comedy science fiction book featuring a character from one of my published short stories, and it is about the first ever human teleportation device and the collapse of reality... I’m really enjoying writing the draft and am about half way through, hoping for a first edited version ready for spring 2017.
Title: The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting
Author: Garry Abbott
Genre: Science Fiction
Following an unfortunate incident involving a delivery drone, a fishing net, and a very tall tree; Raif Masters finds himself forced by his overprotective alpha parents to spend his last school holiday exploring extraterrestrial worlds in ‘The Great Connection’: a real-time simulation of the observable universe, rendered into virtual reality home entertainment.
But Raif, a “child of three”, is not alone. Terry, bound to the service of the Masters family, is looking forward to a very early retirement after one last summer looking after his young charge.
Together they meet Cinder, a fellow simunaught who is seeking a crew to share a secret discovery from the other side of the galaxy that could change the life of the Masters, and the future of the Earth, forever.
But are some discoveries best left unconnected?
Garry Abbott is a science fiction author from Staffordshire in the UK where he lives with his wife and two cats.
Garry has published the short story collection ‘The Dimension Scales and Other Stories’, and his first full length space opera novel: ‘The Great Connection: Worlds in Waiting’. He is currently working on his third title, a sci-fi comedy, working title: ‘Transported’.
As well as writing science fiction, Garry has regularly contributed topical comedy sketches for the BBC and produced scripts for community arts productions and performances.
Garry’s influences include Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Philip Pullman, George R. R. Martin and Dennis Potter.
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