Yes, it’s a blog tour! I’m happy to host a mini interview with Matthew S Cox, author of new sci-fi Out of Sight, which is available now. There’s also a giveaway which you can enter at the bottom of this post!
The premise sounds like it could easily fit into the sci-fi rush of today, with the popularity of Altered Carbon and a renewed love of Star Wars – what was the main inspiration for the novel and its setting?
I initially conceived this idea a few years back in response to a call for short stories from a publisher I worked with. As I so often do, I let my mind roam in search of potential story ideas. The first thought I had was a young woman stranded alone on an alien planet, and maybe running into some signs of non-human civilization. From there, I kept thinking on potential things she might run across in said situation. Of course, the whole time I was trying to cram it into a short story, I realized I had too much in my head to squeeze into that format. So, I fleshed out the “before the alien planet” parts, deepening the backstory of what Earth is like in this world and fully developing the character on her transition from the person she is at the start to who she evolves into by the end.
How do you think you’d fare in the setting of Out of Sight?
Which setting, the Earth part or the Mirage part? : ) I’d probably manage, but doubtfully as well as Sima does.
What was the first book you ever wrote?
This could be answered in different ways. Are you talking about novels or books in general? The first thing I ever wrote would likely be a roleplaying game manual. After that, a software user manual for a place I formerly worked at. The first fiction novel I wrote (as so often happens with writers) is an enormous monstrosity that I basically wrote and put away in a box somewhere never to see the light of day again. It’s massive, something like 400k words. I haven’t laid eyes on it in more than ten years and I’m honestly afraid to.
The first novel I wrote that anyone saw is Virtual Immortality. However, the first book to be published is Division Zero #1. VI came out a little later.
You’re stranded on a spaceship – what 3 novels would you want with you?
Lord of the Rings, Neuromancer, and The Martian.
— for more information about Matthew and Out of Sight, scroll below!
Out of Sight
Matthew S. Cox
Publication date: August 13th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Most Citizens hold Outcasts in dim regard, but Sima never expected they’d throw her off the planet.
In 2411, overpopulation has spread a plaque of filthy, congested city to the corners of the Earth. Government has raised corruption to an art form, and no one hears the cries of those left to die in the dark passageways of civilization. Following the End of Nations, people cling to the only division left: social status.
Since running away from home four years ago, she’s managed to stay a step ahead of death―or worse. At sixteen, she’s getting too old to survive from begging, despite her best effort to pretend she’s younger. Worse, the sidewalks teem with little kids edging in on her turf, monopolizing Citizens’ charity with their wide, pleading eyes and genuine innocence.
A chance meeting with suspiciously nice cops leaves her more confused than ever. Between deadly gangs, unforgiving security forces, and a terrifying madam eager to exploit a girl her age, merely getting older is the biggest threat to her life. With no good choice to make, she risks the least of three evils.
Sima thought her life on Earth had been dangerous…
She hasn’t seen anything yet.
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it. He is also fond of cats. Awards: Prophet of the Badlands (excerpt) – Honorable Mention – Writers of the Future