Samuel James Richards

Biography

I’m a Christian who enjoys all manner of geeky interests, and has a passion for writing stories, especially science fiction.

I’m married to Lauren who is a teacher. We have a daughter called Amelie, and a dog called Molly who is a nuisance.

I also enjoy playing electric guitar, specifically a Fender American Stratocaster (the rare 2006 model with splittable humbuckers), youth work, movie marathons, videogames, and boardgames.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing during my teenage years after watching Minority Report, the film adaptation of the Philip K Dick short story of the same name. I bought a collection of Dick's short stories and fell in love with his brand of psychological science fiction. That was when I decided, I want to write stuff like this!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Ooh, that's a hard one! There are so many to choose from. I'll do a couple I've read recently and some classics (in no particular order).

1. The Father Thing, by Philip K Dick. An amazing science fiction short story collection containing some of Dick's finest work. Each story leaves an impact on the reader, often saving the best right until the final sentence.

2. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. This is a must-have for anyone who enjoys video-games and grew up in the 80s/90s. Jam-packed with pop culture references and nostalgia, but also a chilling commentary on the control technology can have on our lives.

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go, the Chaos Walking series, by Patrick Ness. A master-class in young adult fiction. High concept delivered with simplicity and heart.

4. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. The first Atwood novel I read and it made a real impact on me. It has a chilling timelessness to it; the story could be past, future, or happening right now.

5. The Bible. As a Christian, the Bible is the most important book to me. I believe it's the word of God and that it has to define the way I live.
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Books

Resolutions: A Science Fiction Short Story Collection
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,450. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Resolutions is a collection of science fiction short stories written by Samuel James Richards. These are stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary situations, narratives which explore questions about the future of technology and humanity. Resolutions is all about the way things end. By the final conclusion, you will have smiled, shuddered, and will take away some food for thought.

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