Book Country Member Spotlight Q&A
“You could save yourself time if you pay the most attention to the criticism you most dislike.” –GD Deckard
GD Deckard is a science fiction writer from Naples, Florida. He’s been writing since he was seventeen years old, has six grandchildren, and happens to be one of the friendliest people on Book Country. In the discussion “How Do You Use Reviews,” he writes something I find quite profound. Admitting how hard it is to take peers’ criticisms of his book, he concludes: “Truth is, it’s my baby, but someday it will have to make a living in this world.” Amen to that.
Nevena: Thank you for being part of the spotlight, GD. Where do you get ideas for your fiction?
GD: The idea for my current project came to me in a series of dreams about a future America in which natural resources have run out. I didn’t dream about calamities, just bits of everyday life. Eating in a cafeteria because, well, that’s where people would eat. Finding a barracks room to stay for the night because that’s where single people would sleep. Feeling intense togetherness at a community event on a school playground, and later disturbing sadness when I realized the school was long abandoned. It never felt like my America in ruins, but inexorably the scenes came together to make a coherent world.
Nevena: What draws you to hard science fiction?
GD: Hard science fiction is the only way to write about an inevitable future world. I set my book at the turn of the next century to allow time for America to need cafeterias to feed everybody. In the story, civilization has already run out of oil in the middle of the century. That’s “fiction” because it happens in the future, and it’s “science” because it’s based on current oil company projections.