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June 25, 2007

Author Interview: Allen Steele

I'm back in full swing with the author interviews over there at Ficlets, and today I've got me some red-hot Allen Steele interview action. Steele, who, incidentally, annoyed me mightily by making his latest novel Spindrift so compulsively readable that when I brought it with me on tour, I'd finished it before I landed at my first stop. Bastard. I'll get him one day. You can read the interview while I plot.

Posted by john at June 25, 2007 12:07 PM

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Chris Gerrib | June 25, 2007 12:41 PM

It is a good book, and one I also devoured at a gulp. However, I've got a quibble. One of the characters (a key one) is a true idiot. That bothered me to the point of nearly pushing me out of the story.

Malcolm Tredinnick | June 25, 2007 01:02 PM

That's an awesome piece of cover art!

(Hadn't heard of this until now, so adding to the must-buy list.)

John Scalzi | June 25, 2007 01:04 PM

Yeah, I like the cover art, too. It's by John Harris, who is the same fellow that does the cover art on my OMW series.

Janiece | June 25, 2007 02:02 PM

"...his latest novel Spindrift so compulsively readable that when I brought it with me on tour, I'd finished it before I landed at my first stop."

I hate that. I chronically underestimate or overestimate the amount of reading I'll need on a trip, and so I'm either out of material early on or doomed to a slipped disk from hauling around more books than I need.

Christian | June 25, 2007 02:09 PM

Heh. Just got back from vacation, and I haven't read a book in a single day in years! However, this past weekend I could NOT put down "American Shaolin" by Matt Polly. A delicious read, that I wolfed down in 14 hours flat.

My mark of a good book?

When you reach the end, you wish there was another chapter!

/Hope it was ok to pimp a book :-)

Carol Elaine | June 25, 2007 03:12 PM

Christian, a good book is one in which, not only do you wish there was another chapter, but you're honestly upset that's no more to left read and are tempted to throw the book across the room. Princess Bride was like that for me. G-d, I love that book. The movie, too.

Nathan | June 25, 2007 05:32 PM


Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Chuck Wahl | June 25, 2007 09:28 PM

Sorry for the shameless plug, but if you would like an opportunity to meet Allen Steele, he will be a guest at this year's ConGlomeration in Louisville KY from August 10 - 12.
Also appearing will be Ben Bova.

Jeff | June 25, 2007 10:06 PM

I enjoy the heck out of Allen Steele's work. He is really really good. The Coyote series is quite good.


squeakycyclist | June 25, 2007 10:31 PM

I read that as "Alien Steel". I must get new glasses...

Pat Logan | June 27, 2007 11:11 AM

Damn, that's a good cover. I want to buy it and I have no idea what it's about. LOL

Fred Kiesche | June 27, 2007 12:48 PM

"Clarke County, Space", not "Clarke County, USA", no?

John Scalzi | June 27, 2007 12:52 PM

Could be.

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