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Goodreads asked Thomas Watson:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Thomas Watson My most recently published book is the third in a series, so I'll have to answer from the perspective writing a series. The War of the Second Iteration has its roots in two places. First was my interest in Navajo culture, which in a sideways sort of fashion inspired the Leyra'an - who no longer resemble the Navajo to any degree. There was also the interest in examining the way so much science fiction assumes that the future will be a replay of past or current history, which is why the two Human civilizations - the Commonwealth and the Republic - are so starkly different.

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