by Author Roy Huff
Time travel, a theme that’s cropped up in all my books, grabbed my attention from a young age. Like science fiction and fantasy in general, it recognizes and feeds a desire to experience something different.
Speculative fiction serves as an escape to what might have been and what could be. It can snare one’s mind the same way the melody of a classic tune or the scent of something familiar vividly snaps one back to a specific time and place.
For me, there’s been a dichotomy of emotion and desire in the concept. On the one hand, I’ve always been an optimist. I’ve always believed the world will improve. That’s tough for some people to see in the midst of riots, a global pandemic, and devastating unemployment, but statistics overwhelmingly support that the world is better off than it was fifty years ago and fifty years before that.
But I’ve also experienced traumatic events. At certain times, it felt as if life had squeezed my throat to the point of suffocation. Those incidents planted seeds of science fiction and fantasy, dreams of what could have happened and what might happen.
There will always be pockets of malaise and systemic issues that can and should be improved, but fifty years from now, the world will be cleaner. It will be safer, friendlier, more tolerant, and more people will rise from the ashes of poverty. There will be more opportunities, and it will also be way cooler.
That speculation brought me to my next story, Seven Rules of Time Travel. It’s a passion project that’s been ruminating in my mind my entire life. It hacks away certain tropes I hate, like the grandfather paradox, and has fun with others like the time loop. Without giving too much away, the story dives into what’s possible when confronted with catastrophe if one isn’t constrained by the linear forward movement of time.
I’m currently planning a July 2nd launch for Seven Rules of Time Travel. And before that, I have several major promotions scheduled beginning June 18th with the free Kindle ebook promotion of Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone.
Everville is a fantasy that straddles both epic and urban fantasy. And as the series wore on, time travel crept in. There will be one more book in the series. I’ve already written the first draft and expect a spring 2021 launch for the final book in the series.
And of course, I’ve always been a huge space opera fan. From Battlestar Galactica to Star Trek and Stargate, spaceships and futuristic science fiction was just too much fun to ignore. So I'm planning on an August release of a space opera novel, which I’m currently writing. That too will involve an element of time travel.
For those interested in something now, I’m offering a free short, Trappist-1: Salvationship, on my website for those who sign up. Until then, live long and prosper.
Roy Huff is a Hawaii-based best-selling author, peer-reviewed research scientist, and teacher. After overcoming significant childhood adversity, he moved to the islands and hasn't looked back. He's since earned five degrees, trained on geostationary satellites for NASA's GOES-R Proving Ground, and written numerous bestsellers. He stumbled into writing, but what he didn't stumble into is his love for all things science fiction and fantasy. Later, he contributed a series of fiction and non-fiction books as well as widely shared posts on how to design life on your terms. Despite early challenges, he embraces optimism, science, and creativity. He makes Hawaii his home, where he creates new worlds with the stroke of a pen and hopes you'll come along for the amazing ride. You can download Roy Huff's free sci-fi short at https://www.royhuff.net/
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