An interview with Fritz Freiheit by Tamara Wilhite

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The question of whether Vance was dead or not became more than academic when he found himself in a bathtub up to his chin in ice water like some forgotten cocktail garnish, a demonic woman standing over him, and no memory of how he got there.
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Read free chapters of The Red Rook here (or get it here). -- Fritz Freiheit

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What with one thing and another, this has been a little late in being posted on my blog. As in a tad over two months late.

Tamara Wilhite: Can you share your background in AI?

Fritz Freiheit: As a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. It was the sixties, after all. By the time I went to college in the seventies, a bit more realism had impinged itself on my life, and I eventually settled on mechanical engineering as my major. While taking computer programming courses that were part of the engineering curriculum, I discovered that I enjoyed and was skilled in programming. Before I graduated, I decided I wanted to experience life in Japan. I wound up getting a job with Sumitomo Electric, part of the Big Four corporate conglomerates in Japan. I found myself in Osaka going through the professional training program (as the only gaijin/foreigner). Since they didn’t know what to do with a gaijin, I was given the unusual privilege of choosing what I wanted to do, and I choose to be a software programmer. They handed me some books and told me to write a 3D graphics driver – and I did.

After a year in Japan, I was offered a position in L.A. to write a Japanese version of a rule-driven database interface, which threw me into AI software development. Once again, I received several books, and I wrote a Japanese language parser.

I learned that there is a perspective that comes from thinking about thinking when developing software. Writing expert systems parallels novel writing – getting in the head of a character and telling a story from their perspective. I put myself in the mind of users, understand their goals, and write software to accomplish those goals.


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Example of telling rather than showing from Dispensing Justice

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When high school freshman Michael Gurrick’s father is killed by supervillains, he takes up his father’s supersuit and seeks justice (or will it be vengeance?) against his father’s killers.

Sometimes it’s better to tell.

Writers are frequently bombarded with well-intentioned advice. The admonition to show, don’t tell is one of the most common writerly forms of critique. The idea behind this advice is, more times than not, quite sound. Unfortunately, when “show, don’t tell” is treated as a rule rather than a guideline, the storytelling tends to suffer.

This chapter is from my novel Dispensing Justice (don’t worry, it’s only 1000 words or so) where I do a lot of “telling”. Further commentary follows the chapter.

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Cover design for Nova Genesis World series continues to evolve

More updates to The Red Rook and Dispensing Justice book covers. The design continues to evolve. In addition to the silhouette’s with glowing “chest icons“, I’ve added a back cover theme based on each prior book in the series. Check them out at:

  1. http://novagenesisworld.com/wiki/Dispensing_Justice_cover_design
  2. http://novagenesisworld.com/wiki/The_Red_Rook_cover_design

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2013/04/08 back and front version of The Red Rook cover

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Dispensing Justice author interview at AADL

My first interview as author has just been posted. Check it out at the Ann Arbor District Library:

http://www.aadl.org/node/205495

Fritz Freiheit has been writing science fiction for years. For most of those years, he was working toward an end goal of getting his book published in the traditional manner. He was shopping for agents and dreaming of seeing his book in bookstores. Then Borders closed, and he began to think of things differently. Here, Fritz talks about his decision to self-publish, and introduces us to Dispensing Justice, his alternate-world, coming of age, novel.

Introducing The Neopolymath

Today marks the official kick-off of the “barf phase” (i.e. the writing of the first draft) of my fourth novel, The Neopolymath. I’m hoping to churn this one out in three months, setting myself a goal of writing 1000 words per day. I was successful in doing this for my previous novel, The Red Rook, so I think this is achievable. Unlike The Red Rook, The Neopolymath is the first book in a new series (which I am calling Doc Morrow World), which necessarily means more world building. Additionally, I will be promoting Dispensing Justice and getting ready to publish The Red Rook, so busy times are ahead.

I’m going to try something different with The Neopolymath. This time around, I’m going to build a chunk of it online. How much of the actual text will depend on the response from my readers, but a lot of the world building, character development, and plot will be blogged and wikified.

So, what is The Neopolymath? You shouldn’t be surprised to find out that it is an action-adventure, science fiction novel. Nor will you be surprised, if you’re already familiar with my biases, to find out that it is set in an alternate version of the 20th Century. In Doc Morrow’s world, rather than two world wars, there have been three, and thus, an accelerated rate of technological and scientific growth. Doc Morrow lives in a world where space has been colonized and the solar system is being explored. A world with an enthusiasm for atomic energy, broadcast power, and shiny spaceships. The world of tomorrow as envisioned by science fiction writers from the fifties and sixties. At least to a point. I’ll be putting my own twist on it. So check back soon. I’ll be posting more visions of Doc Morrow World.

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Read Dispensing Justice Chapter 10 – Diana to the Rescue at Nova Genesis World.

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Read Dispensing Justice Chapter 9 – Mom Burns a Roast at Nova Genesis World.

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Read Dispensing Justice Chapter 8 – Penny Keeps Her Cool at Nova Genesis World.

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Read Dispensing Justice Chapter 7 – I Saw You Die at Nova Genesis World.

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Read Dispensing Justice Chapter 6 – 1947A at Nova Genesis World.

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