- What is something unique/quirky about you?
I’ve worked in the Entertainment Industry for over 30 years, in a variety of jobs from screenwriter to production executive to truck driver. I’ve traveled all over the US and the world thanks to the business, and met some incredible people. Not many jobs allow you to do that.
- Where were you born/grew up at?
I was bone in Oregon, moved back to the family home of Indiana when I was a baby, and have lived in Los Angeles for over 30 years, but traveled a lot during that time. Living in a variety of places has helped me learn a lot about the world and the people who fill it. We are all more alike than different, no matter what fear-mongering politicians and sensationalistic news stories try to say.
- Who is your
hero and why?
Stephen King. He not only writes a prodigious volume of work, but pretty much everything he writes is ridiculously good.
- What are you passionate about these days?
I am always writing and reading and trying to help others achieve their dreams.
- What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I recently visited the Kurt Vonnegut museum in Indianapolis, and loved learning more about one of my literary heroes. And I hope to travel to James Herriot’s real hometown in Yorkshire soon. He was a gifted storyteller, and his book are something I return to often.
- Have you written any other books that are not published?
My first novel is out to publisher now.
- If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
18 Wheels of Science Fiction would be a Roman Candle, with the scent of burning rubber and Diesel exhaust.
- What did you edit out of this book?
Not much. I trusted the writers to give me their best work, and they delivered as usual. Of course, I gave notes here and there, like, punch this up or trim that a little, but by and large the stories are close to the first drafts that were submitted. I am lucky to have gotten to work with such talented people book after book. Makes me look like I know what I am doing as an editor.
- Is there an writer which brain
you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I always wanted to have a cup of coffee with Kurt Vonnegut. I am a big fan of his work, as he is one of the writers that transcends the written word and became a cultural icon. He said so much about the human condition in his books and in person, and more people should listen.
18 Wheels of Science Fiction:
A Long Haul into the Fantastic
Genre: Science Fiction Anthology
Miller, editor, John DeChancie, Del Howison, Bond Elam, Lisa Morton,
Paul Carlson, Janet Joyce Holden, Michael Bailey, Carla Robinson,
Jeff Seeman, Kate Jonez, Gary Phillips, Lucio Rodriguez, Terry
Bisson, Eric Miller, Edward M. Erdelac, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Alvaro
Zinos-Amaro, Sean Patrick Traver
"...Definitely fun." --Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Take a trip through the imaginations of 18 visionary writers as they explore the future of trucking in this new science fiction anthology! There's something for every genre fiction fan in this follow-up to the hit "18 wheels of Horror - a Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors."
From the back cover: An alien fuel additive shows just how fast a big rig can go... A disembodied driver wages war on self-driving trucks... A haul through time takes an unexpected turn... Reality shatters for a trucker using an experimental delivery device... Stargazing gives an overweight driver a new lease on life... A young girl risks her life to hitch a ride out of an apocalyptic wasteland...
The highways of the universe will never be the same!
THE WRECKERS by JOHN DECHANCIE
“The Wreckers” is a continuation of DeChancie’s highly popular “Skyways” trucking Science Fiction novel series, in which legendary driver Jake McGraw (now an AI) and his son Sammy find new adventures on the mysterious skyway between worlds.
SPEED TRAP by JEFF SEEMAN
In “Speed Trap,” a chicken hauler’s misfit co-driver buys an exotic alien fuel additive at a truck stop, and the two find out just how fast their Big Rig will go.
THIN ICE by BOND ELAM
In “Thin Ice,” A trucker running mineral ore on an ice planet gets caught in a rebellion, and learns a terrible secret about her past that affects not only hers and her beloved daughter’s lives, but threatens humanity itself.
Q-BITS by LUCIO RODRIGUEZ
A trucker’s reality fractures in “Q-Bits” due to an experimental quantum delivery device, and has to make a choice that could re-unite him with his son, or take him to a unknown future.
I, TRUCK by GARY PHILLIPS
“I, Truck” features an unemployed trucker who signs up for an experimental driving program, but a cyber-attack by hackers turns him into an revenge-fueled ghost in the machine.
OVER FLAT MOUNTAIN by TERRY BISSON
In the classic SF story “Over Flat Mountain,” which appeared in OMNI Magazine, a trucker helps out a young hitchhiker as they travel over the miles-high mountain that an apocalyptic seismic event has thrust through the heart of America.
WHEELS OF WRATH by JANET JOYCE HOLDEN
In “Wheels of Wrath,” a breakdown stops the massive train carrying hundreds of trucks through the blasted wasteland of middle America, and a group of drivers discover a secret that could change the world—if it doesn’t get them killed first.
SHOTGUN SEAT by PAUL CARLSON
In “Shotgun Seat,” a trucker and his new trainee learn to cope with the robot drivers that threaten to take over human jobs—and who also yearn for freedom.
JOB NO. 34264 by LISA MORTON
“Job #34264” features two truckers who travel back through time to find water for a droughtriddled future, but encounter a time paradox threatens to destroy everything they know.
ESSENTIAL OILS by MICHAEL BAILEY
In “Essential Oils,” a trucker hauling tankers full of essential oils deep into the Arctic tries to find out what the Canadian government is doing with the odd cargo.
BIG RIG, BIG RIP by ALVARO ZINOS-AMARO
The pilot of a long-haul space cargo carrier in “Big Rig, Big Rip” flies through a hidden wormhole and winds up thousands of light years from home. Scared and lost, he struggles to find a way back to his family.
A FLICKER OF BRIGHT LIGHT by DEL HOWISON
“A Flicker of Bright Light,” is about a young girl living in an apocalyptic wasteland, who risks her life to stow away on a truck that could carry her to freedom.
HIT/RUN by EDWARD M. ERDELAC
In “Hit/Run,” a trucker runs from two mysterious men who are chasing him years after he committed a hit and run accident. But things are far from what they seem...
EVERYTHING LOOKS SO SMALL by CARLA ROBINSON
An overweight trucker in “Everything Looks so Small” gets a new lease on life thanks to the fantastic things he sees while looking at the stars.
SILENT PASSENGER by KATE JONEZ
In “Silent Passenger,” a driver on her last run finds the experimental technology propelling her truck has somehow brought back a ghost from her past.
INDICA ASTERION & THE WIZARD OF OZYMANIDAS by SEAN PATRICK TRAVER
In “Indica Asterion & The Wizard of Ozymandias,” a trucker falls afoul of a government agent when he tries to smuggle contraband alien technology, and his fugitive sister in-law works to save him with a seemingly magical interdimensional artifact.
HUMAN, TRAFFICKING by MICHAEL PAUL GONZALES
“Human, Trafficking” is about a trucker who signs his life—and body-—away when he goes to work for a high-tech autonomous trucking company.
DRIVE by ERIC MILLER
“Drive” follows the Greatest Driver Alive as he takes a tanker full of volatile rocket fuel through gang-war torn Los Angeles, and nothing, not bullets, bombs, or bad luck, will stop him from delivering his incendiary cargo.
**scroll through the slideshow to find out more about the authors!!**