Author SF Chapman interview

The Ripple In Space Time is a great bit of sci-fi that has received some high praise from readers. I’ve gotten to interview the author and share about him and his book.




Inspector Ryo Trop of the Free City Inquisitor’s Office is called in when the Lunar Ultra Energy Lab is destroyed by a mysterious blast.

Ryo quickly discovers that a complex and sinister scheme is afoot as he searches for clues in the moldering feudal fiefdoms of the Warlords that dominate human affairs in 2445.

As he struggles with the difficult case, the same question keeps popping up: Could the recent wave of space piracy be connected to the disaster?



What is something about you that no one knows?

Let’s see; something about me that no one knows about yet… I sing to myself when I’m alone, mainly in the car and the shower.

I suspect that I’m not the only one with this habit.

My sixteen-year-old daughter is well aware of my crooning and sometimes we sing duets of old musical numbers when I drive her home from school.

I guess it’s not too strange; my 81 year old mother is a big part of a choral group that performs all over the Bay Area. She’s constantly trying to recruit me into the baritone section.

Who are your favorite authors?

Always a toughie to answer; today I would pick some of the old classic Science Fiction writers such as Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Arthur C. Clarke, Joanna Russ, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, but the list would certainly be different tomorrow.

What are you reading now?

I’m mainly reading my own stuff right now. I am currently editing four different books; one of which, On the Back of the Beast, will publish later this year. I’m sorry to say that there’s not much time to read other people’s work.

I do have a tall stack of books patiently awaiting my attention which includes The Sausage Maker’s Daughters by AGS Johnson, Who’s Your Daddy, Baby by Lisa Pell, several books by AJ Scudiere and many others.

What is your work space and writing routine like?

I nearly always write in the AM hours.

I’m a terrible insomniac and I often awake at 2 in the morning and plunk down on a soft sofa in the living room with my ancient laptop to write for several hours. I have breakfast at 6 which is usually a bowl of Rice Krispies or Cheerios, a tall glass of orange juice and two cups of very strong coffee, which may explain the insomnia.

I read most of the San Francisco Chronicle and tend to laundry and the needs of my various house pets.

I taxi my daughter to high school at 7:15.

At about 9 AM I return to the sofa and write until lunchtime.

I work on editing during most afternoons until 3 or 4.

My giant gray tabby cat watches over my work like a stern overseer from the other end of the sofa.

What is it about sci fi that appeals to you?

I’m quite fond of putting rather ordinary people in to difficult and extraordinary situations. This generally works out to be a good thing in real life as well as in fiction. Most people struggle with the unusual predicaments but eventually become better creatures for it. Nearly everyone changes during the experience.

Science Fiction is an especially good medium to illustrate that transition.

Fave sci fi read?

My favorite Science Fiction novel is Niven and Pournelle’s Lucifer’s Hammer, which fits right in with my love of putting people into perilous predicaments. I’ve also read Steven King’s The Stand many times for the same reason, although I generally skip over several chapters near the end.

What was the inspiration behind The Ripple in Space-Time?

Once in a while a book title pops into my head, The Ripple in Space-Time started out that way. That little string of words looked and sounded fascinating so I decided to write a first chapter befitting that jewel of a title.

Around the same time that I came up with the title, I was watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and a series of video lectures on Physics from Cal Tech called The Mechanical Universe. All of these diverse pieces came together as I started The Ripple in Space-Time. Isaac Asimov’s nonfiction book Atom: A Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos greatly influenced the process as well.

As I wrote, I visualized The Ripple in Space-Time as a stark Film Noir-like tale with lots of action and treachery.

I have an upcoming Science Fiction series that is set in the far future of which I’ve completed three volumes to date. Several of the characters from that series found their way through an unusual twist into The Ripple in Space-Time as a sort of prequel to the future novels.

What do you have planned next for readers to enjoy?

I have a great many books awaiting publication in the next few years.

My next novel On the Back of the Beast is about a natural disaster in the San Francisco Bay Area and how it affects several people. I am currently writing a Literary Fiction account about homelessness called The Missive in the Margins and I’m editing a sequel to The Ripple in Space-Time entitled Torn From On High.

And so the adventure continues….


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