Unexpected Questions with Dave Creek

Dave Creek’s latest releases are the science fiction novels CHANDA’S HOMECOMING and WATCHER OF THE SKIES.
He’s also published the Great Human War trilogy, including A CROWD OF STARS, THE FALLEN SUN, and THE UNMOVING STARS.
His short stories have appeared in ANALOG and APEX magazines, AMAZING STORIES, and various anthologies, and are collected in A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR, THE HUMAN EQUATIONS, AND KAYONGA’S DECISION.

You can find out more about his work at www.davecreek.com.

If you were stranded on a deserted planet with only one book to read, but it turned out to be one of your own, how would you feel?

I would be very frightened at the prospect of finding a typo and being unable to fix it.

If you were to write a fantasy-themed cookbook, what kind of recipes would you include?

I’d certainly have to include a recipe for a fire-breathing dragon. I’d want a way to separate out its fire-breathing organ and use it to cook the dragon. I would be a great time-saver and would save on cooking fuel.

If you had to choose between being a time traveler or a space explorer, which would you pick and why?

Offhand, I’d pick space explorer, assuming I had a faster-than-light drive at my disposal. I’d really want to find out if humanity is alone in the universe. I’d especially want to learn the nature of other sentient life. Would they have solved the problems of poverty, war, etc? Would they even have solved philosophical questions, such as whether a god or gods really exist? Also, is Kirk or Picard the better captain? (It may actually turn out to be Janeway or Pike.)

If you could transport yourself to any fictional universe you’ve seen in a television show or movie, which universe would you go to?

It would have to be the STAR TREK universe. But I wouldn’t be on a starship that would have to cope with violent Romulan or Cardassian or Borg scenarios. I’d stay on Earth, which has been established as a peaceful paradise. I’d be more than glad to read or view news coverage of the adventures of those starship crews, though.

Which trope of science fiction (phasers, transporters, time machines, much more) would you like to see put into our own reality? And how would you use it in a mundane way?

If I could pick two, it would be the replicator and the transporter. My hope is that the replicator would, as it does on STAR TREK, eliminate poverty and eliminate most of the reasons for human conflict. But I’d also want the transporter so I could get the hell out of town, given that human conflicts would probably endure, anyway.

Forthcoming are a new collection of dark fiction and fantasy, THE SILVER APPLES OF THE MOON AND OTHER STORIES, and the third Chanda Kasmira novel, tentatively titled CHANDA’S LEGACY. You’ll be able to fin Dave later this year at the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, KY. It’s a fan-run convention focusing on small press and independent authors. Details at www.entertheimaginarium.com.
You can also go to his website at www.davecreek.com and sign up for his newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements of personal appearances or new releases.
Dave Creek is on Facebook as well.

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