Hello, and welcome to our latest series of author interviews. The long anticipated anthology "Altered Europa" was released on April 2, 2017 (ORDER IT HERE), and as we continue to promote the collection we are still running interviews of various contributors.
Today I'm interviewing Sam Kepfield, who contributed Foundation and Evil Empire.
MTI: For those of our readers who aren’t familiar with you, how about we start off with you telling them a little bit about yourself.
SAM KEPFIELD: I’m not good at talking about myself. I am 53, and a practicing attorney. I keep my sanity by spinning tales about other times and other worlds.
MTI: Your story, Foundation and Evil Empire., appears in Altered Europa, an anthology devoted to alternate history and altered reality. Tell us a little bit more about this contribution, particularly, how does it deviate from known history?
SK: Isaac Asimov, the Grand Master science fiction author, was born in the Soviet Union in 1920. His family moved to America shortly thereafter. I’ve wondered what would have happened to Dr. Asimov had he not moved to America. With his personality and inquisitiveness and inability to suffer fools gladly, it would have been fascinating to see him function and challenge the Soviet system. I envisioned him still be a writer, but a sci-fi version of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, revealing truths about the system in his work.
MTI: If you could go back to any point in time and change any historical event to create an "altered" world, what would you choose to change?
SK: Only one?
I’ve always wanted to go back to 1916 and make sure Roger Casement got his 900 Mauser rifles to the Irish rebels and make the Easter Rising succeed. Lately, though, there have been thoughts of sending a robot back in time to deal with a certain real estate developer…..
MTI: For further pondering, if a wormhole leading to an alternate reality suddenly appeared in front of you, would you dare to take the plunge and discover what awaits on the other side?
SK: I would.
MTI: Shifting back to your writing, can you tell us a little about what you're working on right now?
SK: I am working on an alternate-history/political thriller/hard sf novel. The basic premise is that the USSR did not collapse in 1991, and that it is still alive and well in 2017 and in a race with the United States to reach Mars first.
MTI: Other than your work appearing in Altered Europa, do you have any other stories being published in the near future?
SK: I don’t have anything definite, but I have works in submission and in progress.
MTI: On a lighter note, have you watched any good tv lately?
SK: I don’t watch television. I’m too busy reading.
MTI: How about music?
SK: My musical tastes are stuck in the 1980s. Hall & Oates, Journey, Genesis, Steve Winwood, ELO, Level 42, Bananarama, Swing Out Sister, Scandal, Thomas Dolby, you name it.
MTI: Can you name three movies that you’ve enjoyed watching during the past year?
SK: I haven’t been to a first-run movie (other than a Pixar show with the kids) since 2006, when Peter Jackson’s crummy King Kong remake made me swear off movies. The news that someone is actually trying to remake 2001: A Spacey Odyssey has convinced that the terrorists are right, that our culture is decadent and decaying.
MTI: Interesting answers. Thank you for a great interview, Sam. I hope everyone picks up a copy of Altered Europa, for a taste of your excellent writing!