Sean Patrick Hazlett
Cerebral Vortex, fiction, Issue 24, 2013
White Nights, Mammon's City, fiction, Issue 28, September 1, 2014
Birthdate? November 17, 1975.
When did you start writing? I've been writing intermittently since the fifth grade. Aside from an abandoned novel attempt in the late nineties, I started really focusing on writing and submitting speculative short stories in late 2011.
When and what and where did you first get published? The first fiction story I sold was "Movement to First Contact" and it was published in Plasma Frequency Magazine in February 2013.
What themes do you like to write about? When I first started writing, I had never set out to write about any particular theme. However, as I look back on my stories, a number of themes have nevertheless emerged. I tend to write stories about outsiders, particularly individuals who must operate in settings where they are out of place or whose ideas clash with the prevailing orthodoxy. Even Dr. Janet Kimball, for instance, is a bit of an outsider. She is a native Iowan woman working in California, who must overcome her fear of dissection and work within a military culture that she inherently distrusts.
I also like to explore the dark side of human nature. When you deprive human beings of food, sleep and security, they often behave in shocking ways in order to survive, and I enjoy speculating on these situations and themes.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I admire the works and imagination of H.P. Lovecraft, particularly his themes regarding entities that view humanity with cold indifference, hereditary curses, and the concept of deep time. Some of my favorite Lovecraftian works include The Rats in the Walls, The Whisperer in Darkness, The Thing on the Doorstep, and At the Mountains of Madness. These tales resonate with me as an author because they effectively blend the three genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and explore the infinitesimal smallness and isolation of man in a vast cosmos in dark and intriguing ways. While I wrote "Cerebral Vortex" before I started reading H.P. Lovecraft, the theme of cosmic entities gazing on humanity with cold indifference finds expression in this tale in the form of unseen extraterrestrial entities who abduct and lobotomize human beings with impunity, ostensibly to power the biologic computers and networks on their ship. These beings don't do these things because they are cruel or malevolent, but because they see the human brain as nothing more than a powerful processor, a ready-made integrated circuit for charting their course through the cosmos.
Sean Patrick Hazlett is a technology analyst and Army veteran living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he considers writing fiction as therapy that pays for itself. His fiction has appeared in Plasma Frequency Magazine, NewMyths.com, Fictionvale Magazine, Mad Scientist Journal, and The Colored Lens. For more information, please visit: reflectionsofarationalrepublican.com.