As a writer, you meet new authors all the time. These are some of the great authors I’m proud to call “friend.” Few of them write in the science fiction genre, but, if you love reading there could very well be something here for you. Check them out!
I met Yudha online in a Facebook author group called Future Visions. We exchanged books and soon discovered we really loved each other’s work. I found his Numbercaste novel to be well-researched, well-conceived, and well-written. It was a joy to read science fiction that hearkened back to the classics, that examines the way technological changes can drastically affect society.
Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is a Big Data researcher and a former journalist. He’s run news operations, designed games, and fallen off cliffs (most of these things by accident), but he’s known in his native Sri Lanka for sparking political commentary under the Icaruswept moniker.
Yudhanjaya counts William Gibson, Margaret Atwood and Terry Pratchett as his inspirations, and is generally found trying to make his cat do stuff. The cat, alas, refuses to move.
Here’s his blurb from Numbercaste:
When Patrick Udo is offered a marketing job at NumberCorp, he packs his bags and leaves for Silicon Valley. After all, the 2030s are a difficult time, and jobs are rare.
Little does he know that he’s joining one of the most ambitious undertakings of his time. NumberCorp is hell-bent on building a new world order – one where everyone’s social circles are quantified, their activities examined, and their importance distilled into the all-powerful Number. A society where everything from your home, to your education, to your job depends on an app that shows exactly how important you are. A utopia of truth and order.
As NumberCorp rises in power and in influence, the questions start coming in. What would you do to build the perfect state? And how far, exactly, is too far?
I first met George at the 2017 Cuenca International Writers Conference where he was the Keynote speaker. Even his way with the spoken word told me this man had a gift. My wife and I were lucky enough to have lunch and dinner with George in the first few days of the conference. Even though George is best known for his Bill Travis mysteries (set around Austin, Texas) we discovered a shared love of classic sci-fi and a curiosity about our universe.
George’s bio says: George Wier writes books that serve as throwbacks to early action novels for today’s audience. His Bill Travis series (now in print versions, available at MysteryPeople) earned a large online following. Even when he’s writing with another author, Wier’s voice still carries through; striving to entertain the reader as much as he can.
His Bill Travis is something of a Texas Travis McGee. A jack-of-all-trades, master of some, he tells us in the first book, The Last Call, that he’s in the business of helping people. This work usually gets him in trouble with both sides of the law and in the middle of a lot of gunfire, dealing out as much Lonestar wit as he does lead.
George says: “I currently live in Austin with my lovely wife, Sallie, along with two cats and two dogs. I began writing in earnest in 1986, although I have been creatively writing far longer than that. I find that I have far more ideas than I could ever write down, and so I pick and choose only the best story ideas. I write what I, myself, like to read, and nothing more. I am always happy to talk to a reader and would dearly love to hear your comments. Please visit my website. There you will find free short stories, anecdotes, and links to other books and writers. Thanks for reading!”
George’s books can be found here on Amazon.
Our dear friend, Scarlett, was the first writer we met when we joined Cuenca:Writing Our World (FB page link-you’ll need to ask to join) a few years after moving to Ecuador. She has been a cheerleader, guide, and inspiration to us ever since.
Originally from the southern part of the United States — primarily Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas — technical-writer-turned-novelist Scarlett Braden now lives in Ecuador with her 14-year-old Bichon, Katie Scarlett O’Hara. Scarlett has one super-handsome and intelligent son and a beautiful daughter-in-law who share two adorable fur grandpuppies with her. Someday, maybe Scarlett will have human grandbabies, too.
When she isn’t writing, Scarlett enjoys dancing, Facebook games, crocheting, traveling, crafting, reading, and spending time with friends. She is an admitted Facebook and Pinterest addict and currently is looking for a 12-step program. Scarlett blogs as Chica in Cuenca, (www.chicaincuenca.blogspot.com) where she talks about her writing, her new Ecuadorian home, and all her fun activities in that beautiful country.
In April 2016, a devastating earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador, destroying many buildings in some of the coastal cities. Scarlett organized her writer friends around the world to produce an anthology of friendships, mostly between the expat and Ecuatoriano communities throughout the country. The anthology was called Friends in Foreign Places, and it shot to number one in its Amazon category in less than a day. All the writing, editing, cover design, formatting, and publishing of Friends in Foreign Places was donated; all proceeds (royalties) from book sales went to the earthquake relief efforts on the coast, largely those organized through Proyecto Samán and the Hearts of Gold Foundation. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life.
You can follow Scarlett on Amazon here.
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