Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tom Lichtenberg- Renegade Robot
I've been writing for many years and only recently started putting my books out there as free e-books. I've got a whole bunch of them; most are short novels, usually around 20,000 words. I tend to write fast and make everything up as I go along, so the stories often change radically from day to day, and sometimes end up far from where I thought they would go. The joy of writing, for me, is in the adventure of improvisation. Most of my books have elements of science fiction, mystery, satire, suspense, supernatural and more, but mostly I just think of them as stories.
'Renegade Robot' is my newest story. It's a light-hearted comic take on the myth of the 'Singularity', that event after which "nothing will ever be the same again". In these days of constant, well-funded hysteria, how could we distinguish a real Singularity (if and when it comes) from any other panicky 'headline of the day'? In 'Renegade Robot', our hero is a "robot exterminator", stamping out minor infestations of nuisance rogue robots, who gets caught up in a frantic news cycle.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
'Renegade Robot' is free, short, and funny.
Q: Why did you go indie?
Indie e-books on the internet are a dream come true for me. I've never been interested in publishing for money, but always wanted to share my stories. I've also been inspired by the open-source software movement, and by the talented local musicians in my neighborhood who love to play together and just have a great time. I've always wished that art and culture would be more about community, and less about grabbing every penny you can find.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I'm mostly partial to madly inventive humorists, absurdists and satirical writers of all ages, including Jorge Luis Borges, , , Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, , , Julio Cortazar and Macedonio Fernandez.
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