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Jason K. Chapman

The Magic of Science, Fiction, March 1, 2009

Jason K. Chapman lives where he grew up, in New York City. Though he attended Georgia Tech as an electrical engineering major, his real interest was always computers. He has spent his entire career, much of it self-employed, in the computer business, covering every aspect from retail to software development to technical writing. He currently works as the IT Director for Poets & Writers.

Get to know Jason...

Birthdate? Late one Fall in an age lost in antiquity.

When did you start writing? At age twelve or so, though I didn't start attacking it seriously until about ten years ago.

When and what and where did you first get published? I had a techno-thriller called The Heretic that was published electronically back around 2000. My first pro short fiction sale was to Cosmos Magazine in November 2007.

Why do you write? Because I can't draw or paint or sculpt. How else can I get this stuff out of my head?

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? It just seems to me that if you're trying to illuminate "what is," it makes sense to light it up with "what might be," otherwise you're trying to spot one drop of water in an ocean.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? I hate questions like this. If pressed, I might be able to narrow the list down to double digits, with names as varied and scrambled as Hugo, Dostoyevsky, Heinlein, Ellison, McCarthy, Wodehouse, Gaiman, Tolkien, Dickens, Woolf, Butler, and Niven. The same goes for story. How do you choose between, say, "To the Lighthouse," and "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream"?

What are you trying to say with your fiction? To pull the old psychiatrist's trick, I'll turn it around. What do you read in my fiction? What I'm trying to say doesn't matter. What the reader gets out of it does.

Do you blog? Where? Not really, no. I don't have that kind of time. I journal the occasional thought on my Web site, but that's about it.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? His life didn't suck.

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