Every meal my partner, Anne cooks me is just the sweetest thing.
How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
I would take Anne on an overseas trip of her choosing. She has often visited and worked in America, so I’d guess she’d like to see San Francisco, including a tour of the Grand Canyon and ending in a one week stay in New York. But perhaps someone could recommend their ideal USA holiday to me?
Where do you get your best ideas?
Some of my best science fiction ideas come from science fact. I’ve always enjoyed reading popular science, as some of the work carried out by scientists in the last century has been awe-inspiring. I am a voracious reader and viewer of popular science books and shows. Studies of the cosmos are of particular interest, starting way back with Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. I liked the way he blended physics with poetic verse. Brian Cox is of a similar vein. I enjoyed his Wonder of the Universe series.
What comes first, plot or characters?
It’s usually the plot for me. When an idea captures my imagination, I almost feel the whole story before I type a single word. It’s hard to describe, but I feel as if a book is downloaded to me from an unknown source. Then, it is left to me to bring the story alive through words. From there, the characters help me along in our joint journey through the pages.
What does your main character do that makes him special?
Mickey finds the courage to face his demons. He has been hurt by the ruthlessness and greed of the Cubeball industry, an insidious world marred by gambling, rampant technology, drugs and massive audiences. He is filled with human frailties that don’t match his super-human skills at playing the game. Yet, against the odds he finds a way through. He learns that loyalty and trust in his friends, no matter the circumstances are ultimately the true measure of a successful life.
ABOUT THE BOOK
by Michael Leon
A naturally gifted ex-national champion and a savant with a computer-like mind compete against the world's best in the 22nd century's most popular sport - CUBEBALL - the chess-like, technology-enhanced, snooker of the future where the world stage is dominated by gambling, drugs and massive audiences.
At that moment Mickey knew he had to play his way and make a shot that would not be forgotten. He called “power-play.”
He imagined the perfect shot in his mind’s eye as he circled the table twice, deliberating his fateful shot. The balls loomed large, but strangely different. The table appeared more circular than a cube as he lowered his chin to his carbon steel cue. The whole shot played in his mind as he drew back the cue to strike the cue-ball with a force that engulfed the whole stadium.
The crack of the cue-ball as it struck its target echoed sharply its warning of an imminent tidal wave of spin and curve that would capture the imagination of every fan in the stadium, or at home in front of their cubebit. In one game changing savage strike, the red ball fell into the pocket as the cue-ball savagely spun into the red triangle, spreading the reds in all directions from the centrifugal force of the cue-ball. Mickey slotted twelve red and black combinations in four minutes, gaining an unassailable lead. He followed that with a perfect defensive stroke, leaving the cue-ball safely jammed behind yellow. Flaveau conceded the game and the match, shell-shocked by the unique high-spin attack Mickey had unleashed. The break was soon nicknamed ‘the pulsar’ and it had secured Mickey the first semi-final win and a shot at the world title.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I worked with national and international organisations as a business analyst in Australia and overseas. I authored many business books analysing the foodservice and food retail industry in Australia, Europe and Asia, as well as agribusiness global trends. I also ran a consultancy business that assisted Australian enterprises to develop new markets in Australia and overseas.
I commenced writing science fiction novels full time in 2009. It was a life-long interest of mine. I have written five novels - all exploring contemporary social issues in future speculative worlds. They are: Shadow Dance; Extinction; Cubeball; Titan Sages and Alive. My novels blend speculative science, new age and poetry. Readers of novels such as Carl Sagan’s Contact would enjoy my novels.
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