Q&A with Author John E. Stith
You’re re-releasing nine of your novels in just under a year! Can you share what inspired this decision? Since originally published by Tor Books and Ace Books, most of these books were available in ebook form, but some haven't been available in paper for more than a decade, so I felt it was time to correct that. ReAnimus Press specializes in bringing back SF that has been unavailable for a while (e.g. Jerry Sohl) and re-releasing works that have been in print all along (e.g. Ben Bova).
What fascinates you most about writing? That it seems almost universal. When I worked in software engineering, people would ask what I did for a living. I’d run into some people already in the business, but many of the others had zero interest in the field. When I mention to strangers that I'm a writer, it seems like half the time I find they've written stories or want to write, and in many cases, have sold their work already.
Do you have a favorite author? Robert Heinlein is really high on my list for several reasons--fun characters, interesting ideas, thoughtful speculation, and pure storytelling power.
How has your education, profession or background helped you in your writing career? My degree is in physics, and part of what drives my efforts to make my stories convincing, not with quite the nuts and bolts aspects of THE MARTIAN, but closer to the ENDER'S GAME portion of the spectrum.
What do you hope readers most get out of your books? Enjoyment, excitement, entertainment, insights and information. I love appealing to all the senses, including the sense of wonder and the sense of humor. I want readers to care about my characters and constantly wonder what's on the next page.
How has writing your novels changed your life? It's brought me into a wonderful and diverse group of other writers, a few a bit cantankerous, but many generous, thoughtful people who have written more astonishing and uplifting books than I can hope to read in a lifetime.
Can you pinpoint your biggest influence? My parents. They gave me values and a love of reading that eventually became a love of writing. And my brother, Richard, who is a fountain of love, support and good humor.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment? My then wife of many years battled with cancer over a four-year period, during which I was her rock and made her final years as bearable as possible. I also did that for my mother's last couple of years. When I suddenly found myself with a teenage stepson, I did my best to be a father figure to a young man who's since grown up (either with or without my help) to be an outstanding adult.
Have you received any awards for your work? Book related and not book related? My work includes a Nebula Award finalist, a Seiun Award finalist, a La Tour Eiffel Science Fiction Book Prize finalist, a Hugo Award Honorable Mention, Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award winners, HOMer Award winners, and Science Fiction Book Club selections.
Any organizations you are involved in (in the literary world, or others that you are passionate about?) I'm a past contracts committee chair for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. I'm a past regional VP of Mystery Writers of America. I'm also a member of International Thriller Writers, Colorado Author's League, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
About the BookLan has come home to a high-school reunion in the underground colony of Neverend, at the edge of humanity’s reach. An ancient secret waits there, one involving instantaneous access to far-flung planets. Also in Neverend is his high-school sweetheart, Tessa, who is in the way of people who have stumbled onto this ancient technology and plan to use it for their own purposes. Fortunately for her, Lan is no longer the boy he used to be. And fortunately for Lan, Tessa is no longer the girl she used to be.
About the Author
Science-fiction author John E. Stith's works include REDSHIFT RENDEZVOUS(Nebula Award nominee from Ace Books), MANHATTAN TRANSFER (Hugo Award Honorable Mention from Tor Books), REUNION ON NEVEREND, andRECKONING INFINITY (on Science Fiction Chronicle's Best Science Fiction Novels list for its publication year, on the Nebula Award preliminary ballot).His other novels are SCAPESCOPE, MEMORY BLANK, DEATH TOLLS, and DEEP QUARRY.
He's the author of ALL FOR NAUGHT, which collects "Naught for Hire," and "Naught Again" both first appearing in ANALOG. If you hear about "Naught for Hire" verbally, you might think the title is "Not for Hire" but it's not. Check out the Naught for Hire website for even more info on the upcoming webisode series starring Ben Browder.