Colin O'Neill holds an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. He works in administration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He escaped the film industry where he worked as a sound editor and digital support tech. His science fiction film Forge won several awards for visual effects at festivals around the world. Colin lives with his wife Amber, cats Amelie and MacReady, and Starbuck the dog.
Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Count Zero by William Gibson. It contains intertwined multiple narratives each with a different genre: escort mission, coming of age, and detective story. The best part is the climax doesn't spell it all out.
Cold Skin by Albert Sanchez Pinol. Scary isolation monster horror. Nuff said.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The original sci fi. I'm a sucker for stories about alienation and the obsessive quest for knowledge. My other picks are subject to change, but this one is always on the list.
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. Again, obsession destroys. Love it.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. So bleak. Amazingly fleshed-out story using so few words.
What do you read for pleasure?
Crime, horror, and science fiction. I also read the occasional science non-fiction book. Books by Brian Greene and Mary Roach come to mind.
The Irish famine of the late 1840’s was the worst peacetime disaster in the history of modern Europe. Millions died and millions emigrated to the U.S. This is the story of two men, one historical and one fictional, whose paths cross repeatedly and whose experience illuminates a crucial time in the making of America. "A powerful, poignant debut novel." - Kirkus Reviews
Jim Dolan wants a child more than anything. He and his wife have tried everything with no success and they've reached the breaking point. She leaves him when an argument turns violent. Two months later, she returns home pregnant and reveals she participated in a genetic experiment. What follows is a story of terror and desperation.