Today, I have a special guest – since I’m currently celebrating Sci Fi November (via #RRSciFiMonth), I wanted to cultivate a conversation today with the writer whose series I’ve just finished reading about a mutual love of ours: Science Fiction! Therefore you will find that I’ve asked Ms Koepp key questions about her own sci-fi adventures in fiction and film, whilst asking her a bit about her series as well. I wanted to start a thread if I could about the components of the genre that we each find interestingly curious but also, to encourage visitors coming through the event itself to feel inspired to add to the conversation in the comment threads.
This marks my second guest author during Sci Fi November, as Ms Czerneda was the first, who shared the heart of the Quebits in her Guest Post featuring extracts from her Web Shifters series. If you are inclined towards quirky alien races grounded in hard science, I do encourage you to read her feature after Ms Koepp’s!
I personally love conversing about Science Fiction – what was quite keenly wicked is that Ms Koepp shares my love of ‘classic’ Star Trek, as previously only Mr Sullivan had mentioned something that clued me into the fact he shared my affinity for Roddenberry’s Space Opera world. I find there aren’t too many of us who feel this way, so each time I find someone who loves the classic style of Trek, I find I am celebrating with a smile.
If you are following my adventures during Sci Fi November, I am updating the main archive hub for this year’s event after each post I’m contributing throughout November. I am also highlighting the posts for easy reference and discovery on the list! I welcome your commentary and feedback as you make your way through my posts.
Settle into this conversation and you might find a new film
or author to get to know on your next sci-fi expedition!
Currently there are two novels in this Space opera series:
Although this series is unnamed, the stories align together to carry forward the lives of the characters from one novel to the other. What is curious is how well the continuity is between the two novels and how much depth and attention is given to the characters who are struggling with something that is affecting their well-being. It also broaches on the issues with making first contact with new sentient species as much as how life in space can provide it’s own obstacles that can have long-term affects on the people who survive adverse situations and circumstances. There are is a layering of character-driven narrative and fully fleshed out world-building that gives you a unique perspective on this series setting and landscape of focus.
What originally inspired you to read Science Fiction novels and which authors were your original favourites?
Koepp responds: I have enjoyed science fiction longer than I can remember enjoying science fiction. I have fun with sciences (especially biology) and I like playing “what if” kinds of mental games. When I was in junior high, I was a huge fan of X-Men. My first several stories were X-Men fanfic.