Interview with Harry Heyoka

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was orphaned somewhere in Sumatra, and eventually adopted by an American couple who raised me in their secluded home in Hawaii. Impressed with how easily I learned American Sign Language, my new Ma and Pa tought me to read and write English next. To this day, most of my writing is in English.
When did you first start writing?
My handwriting has always been terrible, so I took over Ma's old manual typewriter soon after I learned the alphabet. She got tired of hearing me hunt and peck, so she masked the keys and wouldn't let me type until I memorized the keyboard. Soon I was touch typing at 20 words per minute, and started my first novel at age 6.
By the time I was 7, I realized that first story was juvenile trash, and I threw it away. I've thrown away others since, but never one as bad as the first.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In "Honey Hive" I wanted to explore interactions between different strains of modified humans in the early Galactic Era. Jump drive is bringing once-isolated cultures into contact and conflict. Some modified human strains date back to the Solar Era, when humanity was confined to the Solar System.
Social systems vary even more widely than the artificially expanded human genome does. How people act and react depends far more on their upbringing and expectations than it does on their genetic heritage, and how cultures interact may depend on individual behavior.
The plot of "Honey Hive" came to me on a visit to Hawaii a few years ago, but sat on a back burner till last year. If you don't see it on my author's page at smashwords.com, you may want to turn off the site's "adult filter."
Published 2013-10-25.
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Books by This Author

Honey Hive
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,070. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Among the 35th century Spiral's realms, gene-modified people are still human, more or less. And even the most monogamously married man may succumb to sophisticated temptation. When a tour ship full of post-grad virgins makes its first port of call at the raw, planet-less Jons System, a two-man comet catching crew has no clue how remarkable those young women are, or of the choices they will face.
Life Choice
You set the price! Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Truly revolutionary technology changes everything, including culture and language. Early in the 23rd century, an expectant couple move from Ceres to a new asteroid belt habitat, hoping to make a better life for themselves and their unborn child. This is a short story for general audiences, set early in the Solar Era of Heyoka's all-too-plausible Spiral's Realms future history.
Hyperspatial Jump Drive for Dummies
Price: Free! Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Physics, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Cosmos
(1.00 from 1 review)
This newly revised essay clarifies the theoretical basis of hyperspatial jump drive for those with limited understanding of math, physics, and galactic history. Details on the actual operation, capabilities, and limitations of hyperspatial starships (or “jump ships”) in the Galactic Era are not included; nor are galactic navigation charts, wormhole coordinates, or batteries.
Build Your Own Galactic Empire
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2009. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Cosmos
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lighthearted DO and DON'T lists for achieving pan-galactic supremacy or writing hard science fiction, formulated by the author of the Spiral Vector series in the course of developing his Spiral's Realms future history. WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
On the Great Wall of Texas
You set the price! Words: 1,130. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(4.25 from 8 reviews)
In 2045 a sergeant shows a young draftee the ropes of guarding the Mexican border, explaining how the Wall came to be built and why they are there. This is a short-short story, for general audiences, set very early in Harry Heyoka's all-too-plausible Spiral's Realms future history.