Why I Write

Otherwhere Gazette

Kris Keldaran/Contributor

I sing the song of the wrath of Achilles. So said Homer in opening the Iliad. Several thousand years later, in writing the closing of his novel “Voyage Across The Stars” David Drake quotes these words, explaining how he builds upon the reputation of Homer and others. That it is a privilege to stand on their shoulders, and leave a mark in the world.

I echo these sentiments, for many reasons. My introduction to written science fiction came in high school. I preferred books to people. Books didn’t cause drama, books didn’t try to pick fights with you for no good reason; books didn’t care that you wore the cheap jeans your mother bought at Walmart because it was all she could afford, not Aeropostale, Hollister, or Abercrombie.

I stumbled over David Drake’s Hammer’s Slammers in the school library, followed by John Ringo’s Posleen-verse. This…

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