Ask the Author: Kevin J. Anderson
“I'm traveling to a lot of pop-culture shows in the next few months. I hope to meet many of you in person. But for those who can't be there, I'll be answering questions here, as many as I can get to.” Kevin J. Anderson
Answered Questions (29)
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Kevin J. Anderson Yes! I do have a new story in the Jim Butcher anthology SHADOWED SOULS that came out for Halloween, and another one next summer in STRAIGHT OUTTA TOMBSTONE from Baen Books. I already have a new novel outlined, TASTES LIKE CHICKEN, which will be out from my own WordFire Press. I just have to find time to write it among my other book contracts.
Did you or Brian ever create extra Erasmus quotes that you didn't put in the Dune books, if so will you be releasing them or have you already for people to see? (I pre-ordered Navigators of Dune and got it today. So far it's great! Good job with all the Dune books you've written so far and hopefully any in the future!)
Hey, I am 14 (almost 15, proud of it). I fell in love with Dune as soon as I started reading them, and I can proudly say I have read all 19 Dune books including your latest: Navigators of Dune, great job on it. It's my favorite so far (except for the original). Have you or Brian written anything else like Dune that Dune lovers like me would appreciate as something as good as Dune?
Kevin J. Anderson Well, I don't think there's anything as good as the original DUNE (in fact, I am reading it again right now, for the 11th time, I think). But Brian and I did write an original SF epic, the HELLHOLE trilogy, which is a lot like our Dune novels. Also, my big space opera series, THE SAGA OF SEVEN SUNS begins with HIDDEN EMPIRE. That might also be up your alley.
Kevin J. Anderson I also wrote an original Terra Incognita story, "Mythical Creatures," which you can get in all eBook formats--another very creepy and disturbing Prester. A series very similar to Terra Incognita is my Saga of Seven Suns--7 volumes in a gigantic epic, and they are all published and available in paperback. I hope you enjoy.
So, you clearly have a bunch of important projects going on, but since my copy of Sojourner's Tales just reached me, I can't help but wonder where generally speaking your module fits on the schedule? (only after other prior commitments? soonish?) And if you'll be playing too, whose story are you most looking forward to playing? :)
Kevin J. Anderson Thanks! Brian and I are just starting work on NAVIGATORS OF DUNE, so that will be our big project for the next year, after which we haven't made definite plans. I don't know if we have any further HELLHOLE books coming, but we would like to do other work besides Dune (while also continuing to write Dune books...so much more to write.)
In Unnatural Acts.. Dan drinks beer for the feeling of coolness and the suds in his mouth. His taste buds are mostly dead, but because he is obtaining free beer he continues drinking. Later, in the book, he tastes some coffee and describes it as tasting awful... If his taste buds are pretty much dead how does he taste the coffee?
Kevin J. Anderson I don't have a great many alien races in my big SF novels, because I want to explore them and flesh them out. Aliens need to be *alien* and not just humans with pointy ears or a lump on their forehead. If you have too many aliens, it's hard for a reader to keep track. But, it's a big universe and there could be a lot of different alien races--the trick is, how would they all communicate with and understand one another so that you can tell a story?
- In order to be a writer for the Star Wars "canon" were you given a "blueprint" or a legend to follow so that you could fit your books into the logical point of continuity?. Were there "workshops" or meetings of authors to help maintain this continuity? Is there an official "Canon" for writers out there somewhere that writers were given-- expanding along with the universe that the writers were creating?
I just read the first Dan Shambles novel-- I feel like I walked in the middle of a story. I think the Big Uneasy event needed more coverage as more discussion of people coming to grips with such an event seems more stuff. Do you plan to do a bit of a prequel? Or do the other books in the series sort of cover that?
Kevin J. Anderson That's not what the series is about; these are detective stories in an unusual setting, and Dan does his best to solve one mystery or another. The idea you suggest would be an entirely different kind of novel, like a disaster horror epic. In these tales, the world is getting back to normal, and everybody--monsters and humans alike--are just trying to get by, but they have the same problems as before.
Jaina Solo was one of my role models growing up. I know that you didn't create her character, but I feel that you were the one who defined her. What was your inspiration for making Jaina who she is? What did you think of her character arc throughout the rest of the EU? What was your favorite part about writing her?
Kevin J. Anderson Rebecca and I wanted to put forward a strong role model for girls, someone who wasn't afraid of science and engineering, who wasn't afraid of getting her hands dirty. We thought she was a nice counterpoint to Jacen. I can't really speak to the rest of her character arc--our work ended when we finished the Young Jedi Knights series.