Danny “Kershaw” Ball is a professional freelance futurist and lifelong open-source software advocate. He has written over a dozen speculative fiction novels and has authored thousands of edits to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. He currently resides in Florida with three very opinionated cats.
What is your writing process?
I stare out into the bleak darkness and blurry Orlando nightscape; brooding in my perch on my apartment's balcony. The bustle and hubbub under me like so many ants and bugs going about their business if ants and bugs drove cars and were latinos. I listen to the wind, a strange, alien call.
Inspiration hits me.
I am god.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother's cat, "bobtail" was run over when I was a young and impressionable 15 year old. I cried for the better part of a week. What brought me out of that dark time was writing my very first piece of fiction. As luck would have it, it was also a science fiction story, because in the tale, Bobtail was not killed by the truck, but rather reborn as a cybernetically enhanced assassin.
Sometimes our darkest times birth our greatest minds.
A hair-raising romp through the far-flung future of 5052 where galactic civilization has perfected a perfect society where planets are custom designed to achieve individual freedom and harmony! But a threat looms! Can our hero find the evil source of bureaucratic "red-tape" that is strangling our Utopian universe? Or will he be too late and the flame of liberty be "snuffed out"?