Sharmishtha Basu @ Indie Adda: This is your second book, right? tell us a little bit about the first one and the link where we can buy it.
Troy David Loy: Thanks for hosting this interview, Sharmishtha! Yes, this is my second book. My first book is a short story about a fellow with no real name, going by just ‘the Mirus’ who discovers that his probable birth world of Earth (Terra) is going to be ‘cleared’ by a fanatical species of aliens with only the best of intentions! The aliens are incredibly compassionate and humble if a bit patronizing, but their way of showing it is lethal to nearly everyone they meet. The Mirus meets an old enemy of his as well, and this story takes place somewhat late in his career as an adventurer. There’s some introspection going on in scenes, and a sequence in the second chapter which shifts viewpoints to that of an ancient being calling itself the King of Shards. I wrote the book as a sort of first look into the Gods of Terra setting, told as a story. So while it’s an easy read if you don’t mind the salty language in some parts, it is rich on background. I’m in the process of updating the book and adding material to it. I’ve discovered by Googling the species-name of the aliens that it sounds very much like words in some Indian languages, such as Marathi. So one of the minor updates involves a name change for the aliens to something less…amusing…to Marathi-speakers. It was unavoidable, I suppose: almost any name that can be randomly generated probably has a similar sounding equivalent in at least one human language.
Dirge can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/Dirge-short-Troy-David-Loy-ebook/dp/B00XMS1ZJ2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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“The Mirus, fugitive demigod of destruction and former apocalyptic weapon of the alien Kai’Siri, must find a way to avert the death of his ancestral homeworld of Terra from an alien species bent on salvation by extinction of all life. Can he stop them from sterilizing the planet in a twisted last rites ceremony, an enemy more powerful and determined than himself?”
Sharmishtha Basu @ Indie Adda: What made you pick up the toughest genre (to me at least) science fiction? Do you read lot of science book?
Troy David Loy: I’ve been interested in science and science fiction since childhood, though my early ideas on what was science and what wasn’t were pretty muddled. I’ve read many of the classics, and got into the scientific literature during my wake-up year of 2006. The Gods of Terra universe isn’t Hard SF by any stretch, more like a mix of horror, science fantasy and space opera, though without direct roots for that last in any of the early sci-fi pulps. I’m moving into more scientifically accurate fiction with my Lyapunov’s Children setting, in a different universe when humans are just beginning to venture to the stars after conquering the solar system. It’ll require much more work, but it’s all good.
Sharmishtha Basu @ Indie Adda: Your second book—is it connected to the first one? tell us something about it and the link of buying please.
Troy David Loy: Well, my second book is partially connected, though at least one story, ‘Howl at the Stars,’ is more fantasy-oriented and set in a different universe. That’s my first werewolf story, BTW, and I got the idea for it from Clarke’s 3rd Law, rephrased as “Any sufficiently advanced knowledge is indistinguishable from magic.” I like that in some cultures, especially those in which knowledge is power, the skills of a navigator at sea or a truly skilled healer can seem like magic, because that knowledge is beyond the understanding of the uninitiated, arcane arts in the truest sense. I also included some pieces about the alien Broogh, a powerful, warlike race, but also refugees fleeing something even more dangerous than they. One thing on the title: that was inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan, specifically his and Ann Druyan’s book ’Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.’ I liked the cadence of it. One thing about a lot of my stories: they are designed more like a myth-cycle, a mythology, than happening within any sort of consistent historical metaplot. This means that they won’t always mesh perfectly, and can be read in isolation for that reason. None of it is gospel Truth.
Echoes of Forsaken Galaxies may be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Forsaken-Galaxies-Collected-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01ND0R1VC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
“This anthology contains short speculative fiction by the author published elsewhere online set in a variety of universes and diverse genres and styles”
Sharmishtha Basu @ Indie Adda: any book in future? Another sci-fi?
Troy David Loy: Well, I’m currently alternating time on work between three books: two short stories planned out at 5000-8000 words each, and a sort of setting guide to the Gods of Terra universe that has been on hold for more than ten years. I’m amazed that I still have the file for the manuscript! I expect the two short stories to be out by April, as I’m making good progress on them.
Sharmishtha Basu @ Indie Adda: Will you try other genres in future? What is the next one in list?
Troy David Loy: I’d like to do more fantasy, as I’ve ideas for stories just jotted down that cry to be written fully. As I’ve mentioned, I’m playing with Hard SF in Lyapunov’s Children, and of course, more horror as well. I don’t like graphic, gory horror though, but the sort that frightens more by what it implies or suggests than directly describes.
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