Bruce Golden

Between Iraq and a Hot Place, fiction, Issue 15, March 1, 2011

Storyteller, fiction, Issue 17, December 1, 2011

Pluto's Lament, poetry, Issue 18, March 1, 2012

When Beyond the Furious Clouds, poetry, Issue 29, December 1, 2014

When did you start writing? I decided I wanted to be a writer at age 18 while still in high school.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first freelance sale was to the national magazine The Progressive. I sold them an article about Black's Beach, which, at the time, was the only legal nude beach in the United States.

Why do you write? I've been doing it for so long, I don't remember.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I love the lack of boundaries in writing speculative fiction. If you can imagine it, you can probably make a story out of it.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? My favorite author growing up was Robert Heinlein. These days I like Greg Bear and David Brin quite a bit.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Sometimes nothing, sometimes quite a bit. It varies from story to story, though my stories are usually "sociological" science fiction as opposed to "hard" sci-fi, in that I like to comment on the foibles of society, of humanity.

What themes do you like to write about? I like to mix it up, but I tend to write about characters in unusual situations and places, and see how they react.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? I grew reading a lot of Heinlein, Howard, and Twain. Though it's subconscious on my part, I'm sure I'm ingrained with their writing styles. I'm told much of my fiction is written in a style similar to Heinlein, which I take as a compliment.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? He came, he saw, he wrote about it.

Novelist, journalist, satirist, Bruce Golden's short stories have been published more than 100 times across nine countries.  Asimov's Science Fiction described his second book, "If Mickey Spillane had collaborated with both Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick, he might have produced Bruce Golden's Better Than Chocolate."  The same reviewer said of his novel Evergreen, "If you can imagine Ursula Le Guin channeling H. Rider Haggard, you'll have the barest conception of this stirring book, which centers around a mysterious artifact and the people in its thrall. Reminiscent of the work of Robert Silverberg, this planetary romance will introduce lucky readers to a world both magical and spooky, yet ultimately as tangible as your own backyard.”

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