Tom Olbert

Gentleman's Agreement, fiction, issue 45, December 15, 2018

Get to know Tom Olbert...

When did you start writing?

As soon as I could hold a pencil.

When and what and where did you first get published?

Science fiction, in struggling small press publications, in the late 90's.

Why do you write?

It's always come as naturally as breathing. I like to take an idea to its logical conclusion.  At times, writing is cathartic. A way to vent about things that make me angry. Or, just a way to speculate.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

Sometimes, I'll wish to take a scientific idea as far as my imagination makes possible, if the idea intrigues me. At other times, scientific speculation, the paranormal or fantasy makes an excellent canvass for allegory; you have the whole universe to serve as a backdrop for whatever is on your mind.

Who is your favorite author?

Ray Bradbury

Your favorite story?

Fahrenheit 451

What are you trying to say with your fiction?

Any number of things or nothing at all, depending on the story and how I feel at the time. Rebellion against injustice is one theme I've used a lot.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

He tried his best.

Do you blog? - Yes, I do.


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