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Fredrick Obermeyer

The Yeast of Your Worries, fiction, June 1, 2008

Fredrick Obermeyer lives in Cooperstown, NY. He enjoys writing science-fiction, horror, crime and fantasy and has had stories published in the Dead Inn, Alternate Realities, Planet Relish, Fedora, the Fifth Di, Forgotten Worlds, Electric Spec and Golden Visions magazine.

Get to know Fredrick...

Birthdate? November 12th, 1978.

When did you start writing? 1997.

When and what and where did you first get published? "Artificial Life."  It was published in a high school magazine back in the late 90's.  I forget the name.

Why do you write? Because I love making up stories and imagining ideas that can't exist in the real world.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?Science fiction and fantasy are far less restrictive in terms of exploring the human condition than traditional mainstream fiction. As an author, they allow you to transcend the limits of ordinary existence and explore unique themes and ideas that mainstream fiction can't or won't touch. Also, I like the fact that speculative fiction is still something of an outlaw literature. What I mean is that people still look down at science fiction and fantasy and that lack of respectability makes it an intriguing branch of literature to work in. Oftentimes you can take more risks and be more daring in sf than in mainstream literature.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? Difficult to say. I have so many. Maybe now Kurt Vonnegut and "Harrison Beregon." I really like Vonnegut's wry cynicism. Ask me tomorrow, and I'll probably give you a different answer.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? I don't know if I'm trying to say anything, really. I'm not a big fan of fiction with a "Message." Emphasis on the capital "M". I just want to tell stories that entertain readers and possibly make them look at the world in a different way. If I've done that, then I've done my job. 

Do you blog? No.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? Please don't water the roses.  Thank you.

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