Saturday, June 9, 2012

Aristeia Series by Wayne Basta: Interview & More

Science Fiction

Aristeia (Greek): is a scene in the dramatic conventions of such works as the Iliad in which a hero in battle has his finest moments

The main inspiration for much of my writing comes from my love of history. In this case, the American Revolution. One thing that fascinates me about history is the difference between actual events and the common perception of the story. Here in the US, the Founding Fathers who participated in the war are larger than life heroes. In reality, they were just ordinary men in an extraordinary time; flaws and all. This in no means diminishes their accomplishments, but instead raises them up from caricatures of ideals to genuine people.

When writing Revolutionary Right, I set out to combine that flawed aspect of historical heroes with the concept of aristeia; and to tie them together in a fun space adventure setting. This book follows Maarkean Ocaitchi as he goes from a man down on his luck but still loyal to the Alliance to a man the galaxy at large perceives as a heroic revolutionary leader. Throughout the book he faces his aristeia moment while his loyalty is torn between his government, his family and his beliefs. In the end, he has to decide if he is the traitor he thinks he is, or the hero everyone else says he is.

In this new book, A Little Rebellion, Maarkean has made his decision about where his loyalties lie. This book moves to follow his sister Saracasi, as fate moves her toward her moment and she has to decide what kind of person she wants to be; the peaceful idealist or the fiery revolutionary.

While each book heavily features one characters aristeia moment and follows their personal journey, the books include a wide array of interesting characters. No hero is ever alone on their journey and no revolution is ever won by one person. It takes a large swell of people, each with their own unique story to tell.

Aristeia: Revolutionary Right
The Alliance has always stood for freedom and democracy, but after winning control of the planets of the Confederacy, the Alliance’s vaunted principles have become secondary to its security. Disillusioned with the Alliance and its subjugation of its citizens, Maarkean, a former naval pilot and supporter of the Alliance, has become a smuggler. Despite the conditions he survives under, he nevertheless refuses to believe his sister’s notion that the whole system is corrupt… until she is arrested and jailed as a traitor.
Now, Maarkean must decide where his loyalty lies, and will either spark a rebellion or crush the spirit of democracy once and for all.
Written in the spirit of heroic space adventure, Aristeia; Revolutionary Right is the first book in a series that explores the essence of resistance, loyalty and friendship.

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Aristeia: A Little Rebellion 
Unlike her brother, Saracasi Ocaitchi has always known that her loyalties belong to the ideals of freedom and democracy, not the government of the Alliance, and that protecting those ideals would require a fight. But now that the rebellion she has dreamed about has finally begun, she must come to terms with what that truly means: for herself, for her brother, and for all of the people who will die in the coming war.
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Hello Wayne! Thanks for taking time out to be here.  I'm excited to find out more about this project and others you have planned for us.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

That writing is more about perseverance and the willingness to throw a lot of work away and start over, than it is about raw talent.

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

"Once more unto the breach..." I'm not a huge Shakespeare fan but I really like this line. It speaks to an important lesson life, you always have to keep trying.

Tell us about your current release.

My newest release is the second book in the Aristeia series, "A Little Rebellion". It picks up where the first novel ended, dealing with the after math of the uprising on Enro. The first book was about Maarkean making his decision about who he is and where his loyalty lies. He had his aristeia moment.

Book 2 takes us deeper into the thoughts of his rebellious sister, Saracasi, as she faces her moment. The rebellion she called for is happening, and now she has to face the consequences. She's also beginning to fall in love and start her first truly adult relationship with a woman who doesn't want her to fight, furthering complicating her life.

It also introduces a whole host of new POV characters, including one from the side of the Alliance, Fleet Admiral Katerina Sartori.

At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I've wanted to write since I was a kid. For most of that time it was a hobby or an 'eventually' thing. It wasn't until a few years ago, when I was miserable at my job and we had started to think about having kids, that I decided now was the time. I wanted to do something that I could be proud of and show to my kid. I wanted to set an example that you should pursue your dreams, not work in a boring office with incompetent bosses just because it's a paycheck.

Entice us, what future projects are you considering?

Right now, I'm working on book 3 of the Aristeia series. I plan for this to be the final book in the current story arc. After that, I'm trying to decide what to do next. I have several more arcs planned in the Aristeia universe, some involving the same characters, some not. I also have an idea for a fantasy/pirate series that keeps bouncing around at the back of my mind. And I'd like to do a real hardcore military sci-fi story at some point. There are touches of that genre in Aristeia, but it's just background rather than substance.

What group did you hang out with in high school?

I was a total Band Geek. from 7th to 12th grade that's where I spent most of my time and made majority of my friends. I still hold onto the Geek part now, though I haven't touched a tuba in over a decade.

Well,  That's it  from me for this time.  Thanks again.  I wish you the very best!

As a child, Wayne Basta was introduced to science fiction at a young age by his father. Mainstream hits like Star Trek and Star Wars were followed by old Tom Swift novels and then classics like Asimov and Clarke. Growing up on Florida's space coast only served to fuel his imagination and love of space, science and adventure.

At the age of 9, his family got their first home computer, an old Macintosh Plus, and he immediately used it to start writing science fiction adventure stories. He continued writing as a hobby all the way through college at the University of Florida, where he initially pursued a career in the US Navy until an injury changed his plans. Wayne then spent several years teaching high school and working in the education non-profit sector before coming back to his old dream of writing.

Wayne currently lives in Houston with his wife, son, and dog. He remains a fan of geek culture, board games, video games, fantasy, science fiction and all around silliness.

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Aristeia: A Little Rebellion Pre-Release Contest

From now until June 15th, I will be running a contest in which you can win the following:
1.               GGP has offered to contribute a hardback copy of every book currently in publication (Dying of the Light: End, Aristeia: Revolutionary Right, Aristeia: A Little Rebellion, A Fancy Dinner Party)
2.               A signed hardback copy of both Aristeia: Revolutionary RIght and Aristeia: A Little Rebellion.
3.               A signed hardback copy of Aristeia: A Little Rebellion
4.               A signed paperback copy
5.               An ebook copy
6.               An ebook copy of my short stories “Lonesome” and “Peace Meal”

Winners will be chosen via random drawing from among all participants. How can you enter, you ask? There are several ways. For each of the following that you do, you will be entered into the drawing.  You can enter as many times as you like.
·                  Leave a relevant comment on my blog ( during the remainder of the contest. That’s it, make a comment that contributes to a day’s given blog discussion and you’re entered. (No spam posts you dirty spammers)
·                  Participate in the Aristeia Blog Tour.  This will net you 5 entries.
·                  Participate in the Pre-Launch Purchase Blitz. This will net you 5 entries.
·                  Tweet about the book to your friends on Twitter. Use the hashtag #Aristeia.  (Max 5 Tweets over the contests run per entry, I don’t want to be the cause of Twitter Spam. But you also get one entry per retweet your tweet gets).

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