This week we’re celebrating the launch of CROOKED V.1 by spotlighting the authors!
Greg Dragon brings a fresh perspective to fiction by telling human stories of life, love, and relationships in a science fiction setting. This unconventional author spins his celestial scenes from an imagination nurtured from being an avid reader himself. His exposure to multiple cultures, religions, martial arts, and travel lends a unique dynamic to his stories.
You can enjoy excerpts from his work by visiting his website: gregdragon.com
Tell us a bit about your story and the story world.
In the galaxy of Anstractor, the Vestalian people are dwindling on the edge of extinction. Having fled their planet after Geralos occupation, most survivors now serve on city-sized warships in space. Not everyone is meant to be a Navy spacer or Marine, however. Maysun Sear is no Navy man, and while he’s decent with a hand cannon, his prime concern is taking care of his family. Smuggling goods out from the Nusalein Cluster has allowed him to carve out a living and gives him hope of one day moving away from the conflict. When an Alliance patrol vessel intercepts an otherwise routine smuggling run, Maysun is thrown into a world he has spent his life trying hard to escape.
What was the inspiration behind this story?
Having just published Steel-Winged Valkyrie, a book centered around the war with the Geralos, I thought it would be interesting to write about a survivor caught in the middle of this conflict. With no powered armor suit and Alliance ordnance, how would an outlaw refugee fare against these aliens combing the system, looking for Vestalian brains?
If you could travel to any science fictional world, where would you go, and what would you do?
I would love to spend a month on the planet Coruscant in Star Wars, but with enough credits to move about freely ingesting spice, blue milk, and whatever else I fancy.
What are some of your favorite sci-fi crime books or stories?
Neuromancer, A Scanner Darkly, Snow Crash, just off the top of the head.
What authors have inspired your writing?
Phillip K Dick, Stephen King, Dewey Lambdin, and Bernard Cornwell.
What are you working on next?
A story based in 2094, the future of an alternate history that has led to a world embroiled in conflict. In Case City, an isolated metropolis, an assassin loyal to his guild finds himself in deep trouble with not only his rivals but the government itself. That’s the gist of it without giving away too much. Lots of cyber augments, neon lights, speedy hover cars, and debauchery. It’s a wild ride, and I am having a blast writing it.
You can read Greg Dragon’s story, “The Smuggler,” in CROOKED V.1.
Learn more about Greg’s books and download a free novel at www.gregdragon.com.