Interview with Albert Tyson

When did you first start writing?
I have had a love of Science Fiction, since my father, who was a librarian at a high school, first started reading me the various robot stories of Isaac Asimov, when I was quite young. Descriptive writing always came easily to me in my school journals, and I quite enjoyed getting scenes to come to life. When I began to pursue the lovely lady who became my wife, an important aspect was the writing of letters, sent at least every week. My career path, however, did not allow time for serious writing, until after many years, circumstance removed that barrier. At that point, I realized that most of my favourite dreams and ideas were not going to inhabit this world, so I decided to make a record of them in story form.
What's the story behind your latest book?
One of my favourite mathematicians is Dr Kurt Godel. I have copies of his work; mostly translations. He published few results, constantly improving his manuscripts, of which there were many. Some very surprising results he kept secret, such as his Ontological Proof. Dr Albert Einstein was a good friend and Godel gave him a special present for his 70th birthday; alternative solutions to general relativity. These were universes in which it was possible to travel both forward and backward in time, essentially making the notion of time, meaningless. These alternative solutions have never been convincingly refuted. I began to seriously consider what other important results might have been ignored, what current assumptions we might be labouring under that are false and if the incompleteness of arithmetic might be the gateway to a new age.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Becoming an indie author was an obvious short cut. Starting late in life, I realized there wasn't time for the usual approach, spending years writing columns for science fiction magazines, before attracting an agent or a publisher. I needed to start recording my ideas as soon as possible. Fortunately, producing e-books removes most of the unpleasant formatting chores in writing, as the e-reader handles how the text with be displayed.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The best thing about Smashwords, is being able to reach almost all the e-book retailers from a single system. After all, going through one style-guide should be enough. I can get back to writing!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There is a time, usually in the morning, when I'm thinking about my stories, when the ideas and their modifications come thick and fast, so that I can hardly keep up. I just try to get it all into the journal. That's a good time!

More than this, however, is finding that special scenes still manage to choke me up, even though I have seen them so many times! I don't think I could read them aloud reliably; too much time needed to recover.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fondest wish is that a fan reads my book. I so much want to share the experience with those who appreciate it. I sincerely hope they like it and thank them for reading! I promise there will be more coming.
What are you working on next?
'The Garden of Intuit' was book 1 of the 'Ash Series'. Book 2 is called 'Edge between Worlds'. Research is ongoing into several unanswered questions. Perhaps most importantly, who is the narrator in the prologue and what is going on there? With continued digging, these and other questions will slowly have light cast upon them and new locales and characters will emerge. I hope to see you there!
Who are your favorite authors?
Three of my favourite science fiction authors are Larry Niven (http://larryniven.net/), for world building and a consistent universe, Greg Egan (http://www.gregegan.net/), for hard scifi where a glossary is needed to determine the real science, and of course Rudy Rucker (http://www.rudyrucker.com/), for one of my favourites, 'White Light'. Rudy wrote an amazing non-fiction book called 'Infinity and the Mind', possibly his most popular book, now in three editions, which everyone should read. He is very supportive of new science fiction authors. There are many others, of course.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My faithful and loving dog will never fail to encourage me in the morning and her increasing vocalizations of concern at continued immobility remind me I still have short time horizons.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am addicted to books. It used to be the paper variety, but since space is limited, I have found great comfort in keeping several hundred e-books in my pocket. Some of these I heard about on the grape-vine, some I found first as paper books in a local retail store, but many, perhaps most, were discovered through online search and review at my favourite e-book retailers. Its a good thing they know what I like.
Published 2017-06-06.
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Books by This Author

The Garden of Intuit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,580. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
A science fiction mystery thriller, based on the forgotten secrets of Dr Kurt Gödel. Inbiots, a shadowy global technology and security company will stop at nothing for the resulting money and power. Injured in a mysterious fire, Echo Zah and her friends begin to learn something of the truth. The question is, what will happen to them then?
Love Poems from the Clay Plain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Inspirational love poems celebrating the life of one couple from the Clay Plain over Christmas, Valentines and Anniversary days.