1) Tell us about your current or last science fiction novel. What is it about and how did you come up with the concept? The last and first SciFi I ever wrote is Piercing Heaven. Safely it can be called abstract and juvenile. Which is a result of the National Writing Month (https://campnanowrimo.org/ ); I set myself a goal of 10.000 words and hacked away, wrote down the next thing that came to mind every day. Thus, it has some worth from a psychoanalytical perspective, but maybe not so much regarding good storytelling, character development, and such things.

2) How did you get started writing science fiction? I read a lot of Science Fiction as a teenager and found the freedom it provides pleasing. Removing the limitations of not only physical space and time but the mental correspondents to these external factors, I found liberating. 

3) What specific sub-genres within science fiction do you write in and why? Regardless of genre, I prefer explorative works. Exploring usually leads to titles lacking the refinement of art striving for the universal, but are honest and revealing on a subjective level. 

4) What tropes do you think are important for that sub-genre? None, as exploration is done in the unknown. But given my background, I do not fail to include aspects of voidness. Space itself, without its objects, represents and allows access to it which, in my mind represents the void we carry inside us and need to explore via introspection or meditation. The Nothing is the source and the equivalent of the Something.

5) Do you prefer to write in first or third person and past or present tense? The past and third person, as this adds a layer of abstraction and reflection suitable for science fiction. Direct immersion is facilitated by the first person and present tense approach, but that implies an inescapable confrontation and identification with the objects and thus limits of the mind, whereas science fiction is meant to remove these restricting aspects and strive for the limitless.

6) What is your favorite part about being a writer? Ideas flow out of me, no problem there. And not trying to find acceptance with my writing, the right people will understand, the others will read other stories.

7) What is the hardest part about being a writer? Editing, as I am not a native English speaker and I strive for a simple but meaningful style, which some may find to be overly simplistic or difficult to read. One hour of writing needs over one hour of editing. Next to that, writing daily is the most important thing.

8) What stories or authors influence your writing? Over the years I have become a more visual person. 2001 – A Space Odyssey and Solaris come to mind. Regarding books, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card influenced and changed something in me. Recently I stumbled upon it again, and many memories came back.

9) Recommend a great science fiction book or movie that we might have missed you didn’t create? I’d like to recommend Gateway by Frederik Pohl, but that is a classic.

10) Anything else about you or your novel that you would like us to know? Abuse, Psychosis, Love, Meditation. 11) What’s the best way to find you online? Not much available online, but: Web: http://blackburnbooks.net  Twitter: @blackburn_books