MoA&A Interview #29: Rick Novy

Hello, everyone! Welcome to July, and the Month of Artist and Author Interviews here on the website.

Now that we’re nearing the end of the month, I’m going to let a couple of friends sneak through who were interviewed here last year: Rick Novy and Elaine Isaak.

It’s always nice to be able to see how life is progressing with authors you’ve become familiar with, and how they might answer these new questions for 2012. Did they manage to scratch any items off their “Things to do Before They Die” list?

Let’s find out what Rick has to say…


Author or Artist?

Who are your professional role models?
This changes all the time. I keep an eye on what people are doing, and I model myself after things other people do that I think might work for me. David Gerrold has been something of a mentor for many years, though we don’t talk as much as either of us would like. Recently, I’ve take some inspiration from Matt Forbeck and his 12 for 12 campaign (12 novels in 2012).

What’s your favorite writing/sketching weather?
I suppose that because I live in Arizona I should say I enjoy writing in dust storms. In all honesty, I write indoors, so weather doesn’t really make that much difference to me.

Set your current playlist/musical device to “shuffle all” and hit PLAY. What’s the first song that comes up?
Rush – La Villa Strangiato

If you could win any award, which would it be?
Any award would be flattering, but I don’t write with awards as the objective.

Would you rather have magical powers, or a spaceship?
I’ll take the _Arthur_C._Clarke_ with technology so advanced it seems like magic.

What was your favorite book as a child?
As a young child, I loved Where the Wild Things Are.

What thing do you wish you could go back in time and tell your 10-year-old self?
Get focused.

What’s your favorite constellation?
Orion, because so many interesting things are going on in that part of space.

What’s your favorite fairy tale?
The Boy Who Cried Wolf. But that’s Aesop, and Aesop wrote fables. [That’s okay, we’ll accept this one! ~Alethea]

What thing are you most proud of?
Three things, my son and two daughters.

The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: Name 3 things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
Still want to help recover an extinct in the wild species using fish I have bred. Other than that, to write things that people enjoy reading, and live a productive life.


Rick Novy is an author, anthologist, engineer, aquarist, mathematician, and cruciverbalist. You can connect with him on Twitter @ricknovy, or at his website:

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Genre Chick Interview: Rick Novy

Today my Month of Writers victim is Rick Novy, editor of the infamous 20/20 VISIONS anthology (featuring my fun & vicious little short story “Pocket Full of Posey”).

Rick is also a fellow member of the Codex Writers Group and a sci-fi geek. We girls like our sci-fi geeks, even if they do live on the sun (a.k.a. Arizona).

Rick is also the only person I know who doesn’t like pie. Oh…wait…maybe it’s not *that* kind of pie…


Mac or PC?

Coffee or Tea?
RN: Coffee in the morning, iced tea later in the day.

Travel the World or Travel Outer Space?
RN: Travel the world because I already travel outer space in my writing.

Fantasy or Science Fiction?
RN: Science fiction

Music or Silence (while you write)?
RN: Usually silence because I tend to focus on how a piece of music is arranged when it’s playing, so I can’t focus on writing.

What weird food do you like?
RN: Kumquats

What is one of your most irrational fears?
RN: Pi

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding? Why or why not?
RN: No. I’d rather watch paint dry.

How many novels/short stories/screenplays/poems/etc have you published?
RN: Something like 40 short stories. Novel forthcoming (indie).

How much do you write every day?
RN: I’m very inconsistent. Some days 3000 words, other days nothing.

How much do you WISH you could write every day?
RN: NaNoWriMo pace is very productive and not too terribly unrealistic, if one isn’t pulled in several other directions at the same time.

What are you working on now?
RN: Final copy edits of my first novel, Neanderthal Swan Song.

If you could write like one author, who would it be?
RN: Isaac Asimov is my literary mentor because his writing disappears behind the story and that’s what I strive to do.  On the other hand, if I had Harlan Ellison’s mastery of the English language, I’d definitely use it.

If you could be one superhero, or have one superpower, who/what would it be?
RN: Control over time would be nice.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
RN: Thomas flair on pommel horse. It’s the move Kurt Thomas does between 1:54 and 1:56 in this video.  I also used to do a parallel bars mount like the one he does at 2:18.

What’s the coolest thing you’re about to do?
RN: A few days ago, I received some killifish eggs in the mail from a guy in Malta.  Nothobranchius guentheri.  This fish lives in water that dries up par tof the year, so they hatch and die of old age in the same year.  Because the eggs can survive a dry season in a kind of suspended animation, you can ship the eggs around the world.  These are scheduled to hatch in late June.  It will be the first time I have tried to hatch killifish eggs and I will be blogging the experience with photos.

Name three things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
RN: See penguins in the wild.
Repopulate the native habitat of a species of fish extinct except in captivity, using specimens that I have kept and bred in refugium.
Get all the novels out of my head so people can read them.


Rick Novy lives in the Sonoran Desert city of Scottsdale, Arizona.
His education is technical, holding degrees in physics, mathematics,
and engineering.  Through his career, he has flown satellites, helped
develop surgical implants, and worked with various integrated circuits
and sensors.  He has also taught in the mathematics department at the
local community college. He started writing seriously in the summer of 2004. In 2005, he attended
Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp.  Since that workshop, his fiction has appeared
dozen of times in both online and print venues.  Learn more:

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This Just In

My 2020 Visions anthology contributor copy has arrived! (Featuring my high school reunion revenge story “Pocket Full of Posey.”)  Here it is, next to some lovely gratuitous Christmas decorations.

Once again, I love this freaking cover.

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2020 Visions Now Available!

Hooray! The 2020 Visions anthology, edited by Rick Novy, is now available on Amazon!

This volume of near-future SF stories (so near that you’ll actually be around for them when they happen), includes my story “Pocket Full of Posey.” I can’t wait to get my hands on my contributor copy. I love this cover.

Get 2020 Visions now, in book form, for only $13.95. You’re ordering books for Christmas anyway — tack it on to the end of your order to bump your total up to free shipping.I assure you, it will be worth it.

(E-book versions and other purchasing venues will happen shortly. I’ll let you know where and when those will be.)

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!

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Rick Novy Talks About The Princess

Remember how Rick Novy (editor of the 2020 Visions anthology) was writing up a brief piece on each person in the anthology and why he picked their story? Well, today is my day and Rick says some very lovely things, both about me and “Pocket Full of Posey”. I won’t spoil it for you — Click on over there and check it out.

I always love hearing the whys and wherefores behind stories and the reasons editors choose them. One can never have enough insight.

There’s your challenge for the day — go be insightful!

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2020 Visions ToC

Rick Novy has posted the Table of Contents for his 2020 Visions anthology:

1. Mary Robinette Kowal – Birthright
2. Sheila Finch – The Persistence of Butterflies
3. Randy Henderson – A Shelter for Living Things
4. Jason S. Ridler – Showing Light
5. Ernest Hogan – Radiation is Groovy, Kill the Pigs
6. David Lee Summers – The Revelation of Thought
7. Jeff Spock – Teh Afterl1fe (This is not a typo – Rick)
8. Emily Devenport – If the Sun’s at Five O’Clock, It Must be Yellow Daisies
9. Cat Rambo – Therapy Buddha
10. Jack Mangan – Dead Rookies
11. David Boop – Organ Cloning While You Wait
12. Spencer Ellsworth – The Black Plague of Our Generation
13. Gareth L. Powell – The Bigger The Star, The Faster It Burns
14. Alethea Kontis – Pocket Full of Posey
15. Alex Wilson – Nervewrecking
16. David Gerrold – Time Capsule 2120: Actual Comments from Lunar Tourists

I *just* missed making the lucky 13 slot!  I couldn’t be more honored to be in this amazing company of writers. Aren’t familiar with their names? That’s okay — over on Rick’s blog he is spotlighting one author a day for two weeks. (Week one is already posted.) He talks about the author, who they are, and a little bit about their story (without being spoileriffic). It’s a great way to gear up for the publication!

More updates (cover, release date, etc) as events warrant.

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