Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I was born in Cantura, Venezuela, and moved to the United States in 1996 to pursue a software engineering career, sponsored by a small Silicon Valley company. I retired to Portland, Oregon, in 2020 after achieving 32 successful years in the industry. In 2015, I became interested in the implications of the Fermi Paradox as it relates to the prospects of finding another civilization in the universe. Further research into Futurism, upcoming technologies, and the works of American physicist Gerard O’Neill, led me to write K3+. The dystopian novel explores human migration, triggered by inequality and climate change, to rotating habitats in space, based on many currently available technologies. I tell the story of how humanity moved past the unsettling times we live in to a post-scarcity and egalitarian society—absent of fear, uncertainty, inequality, and despair.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I'm not sure if they're unusual. I write a note on my phone whenever I get an idea, so I won’t forget it. I also do tons of research and included references throughout my book in case readers want to dive deeper.
What authors have influenced you?
Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, and Arthur Clarke are my childhood heroes. I make references to them throughout the story. J. K. Rowling had a different kind of influence. Ever since reading the Philosopher’s Stone—I read all seven books many times—I was deeply impressed by her light and easy-to-digest style. The interactions between Fedrix & SueLing are an example.
What are you reading now?
Well, at the moment, my focus is promoting the ideas in the book and creating awareness to the possibilities of rotating habitats in space as well as trying to spark a movement.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I'm not sure I'd say it's my absolute favorite of all time, but I truly enjoyed The Martian. It made me want to imitate its scientific accuracy, but I pushed the speculative aspect a step forward. Many existing, and near-future, technologies will allow us to go to space and build a new home for the human species. I used these technologies, taking human nature into account, to create a world anyone would love to live in, regardless of age or background.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, and Arthur Clarke are my childhood heroes. I make references to them throughout the story.
What are you working on now?
My biggest focus is in continuing to promote my book and share my vision. I'm publishing related articles on Medium which share the technological possibilities of the ideas inside K3+.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I'm using a combination of book promotion services, Medium article publishing, author interview opportunities, and social media posting.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm not sure if I'll be writing another book any time soon, however I do want to continue sharing about the vision of pushing beyond our planetary biases and exploring the possibilities in space.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
J. K. Rowling had a different kind of influence than the authors I mentioned from my childhood. Ever since reading the Philosopher’s Stone—I read all seven books many times—I was deeply impressed by her light and easy-to-digest style. The interactions between Fedrix & SueLing are an example. I truly tried to incorporate this into my writing.
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