Readers often ask where I get the inspiration for my science fiction novels.
First, I’m an avid hard science fiction reader myself. I’ve always got a book (or two) going. Some of my favourite authors are Elizabeth Moon, Gregory Benford, and Robert J. Sawyer. I also like reading books from new authors like Andy Weir’s The Martian. I also draw inspiration from my own experiences with aviation, the military, astronomy, physics, and astrophysics.
Familiar locations work their way into my stories. For example, Anomaly at Fortune Lake is set in a float cabin similar to the one in which I live, and on a lake much like our Powell Lake in Coastal BC.
One day at our cabin home, my wife saw a Canadian Forces CP-140 Aurora fly low through First Narrows on a training mission out of CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Comox. Here’s a video by commcart of a similar CP-140 Aurora making low passes. Isn’t she a beauty?
The Aurora, and it’s U.S. military equivalent the P-3 Orion, is a four-engine turboprop built by Lockheed for anti-submarine and coastal surveillance service. In Anomaly at Fortune Lake, this aircraft becomes involved in surveillance of a very different kind.
So my imagination, experience, home lake, and a chance encounter with a low-flying aircraft melded together to become the inspiration to write Anomaly at Fortune Lake. Click here or on the book’s cover for a look inside at Amazon.com. Let me know what you think.
What are some ways you get inspired? — Wayne