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Ask me a question! It can be about any of my books, Numinous World, Stargate, Order of the Air, anything! Or it can be about writing, about fannishness, or just about life in general. Question time!


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Jun. 25th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Elza. Absolutely Elza of the main characters. The ways in which we're different are mainly about environment, not about personality. Or, to put it this way, if she were here she'd have my life. Which is not true of Gull or Lydias or Charmian.

It's currently 29C and sunny, with high humidity. It's supposed to be above 32C today, with thunderstorms likely as the afternoon wears on!
Jun. 25th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
Have you heard that Roland Emmerich is relaunching the Stargate film franchise, reportedly ignoring all the shows and books? I'm curious about your thoughts?
Jun. 25th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
I have heard. I can't say I'm very interested. The movie was ok. Just ok. But it didn't have any of the elements that I love about SG-1. The thing that made SG-1 for me was the team. Without that, I'm afraid there isn't much about it that I'm interested in.
Jun. 25th, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
I concur! Stargate is a very okay movie, and I'll watch if it's on. But the love comes with what RDA brought to the show, and the team dynamics. Without that, it makes me worry it'll just be another scifi shoot-em-up like ID4 (which, if I'm not mistaken, was supposed to be a sequel to Stargate... the aliens were allegedly coming to get revenge for Abydos).
Jun. 25th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw it when it came out and I thought it was ok. It was an evening's entertainment. But nothing that captured my imagination or really grabbed me. The thing that grabbed me in SG-1 was the team.
Jun. 26th, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
When I heard that news, I immediately thought of the "younger, edgier" Wormhole X-Treme "reboot" proposed in SG-1 Episode 200.
Jun. 26th, 2014 10:37 am (UTC)
LOL. That is exactly what I thought too!
Jun. 25th, 2014 03:20 pm (UTC)
Your books are set in lots of different places! Are any of them places that you've actually been to, or want to visit?

And one more: your personal preference, the Terrier or the Dude? :D
Jun. 25th, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sadly I have not been most places I write about. I've been to Paris! And New York! And New Orleans. But mostly I have to rely on research. I'd love to visit all of them.

The Terrier! Hands down! I'm too close to Mitch not to love the Terrier best.
Jun. 26th, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
Numinous World!
Mine's a bit of a commentary combined with a question (I hope that's okay!).

The first book I read by you was Hand of Isis. Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me, and in particular I read as much material as I can get my hands on that involves Cleopatra and her reign. I was honestly very pleasantly surprised at how well-researched the book was - it really brought her reign to life for me! The copy I have now is very well-thumbed (as is my copy of Black Ships) - I've just read it again for the twelfth or so time.

My question is, what first interested you in Egypt, and what in particular prompted you to write a book about her from the viewpoint of one of her confidantes? Which character, or characters, have the most resonance with you personally? Were there any characters that were especially hard to write (for either historical or personal reasons)?

I write too, so this is a little bit of author research for me. Sorry for all the academic blather. :)
Jun. 26th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Numinous World!
I just answered at enormous length in its own post! :D
Shawn Edwards
Jun. 26th, 2014 06:12 am (UTC)
I had a marthon SGA Legacy and reread all 6 books. I had some observations:

1. It sure was "convenient" that Atlantis's power failed right near the planet that held the origin of the Wraith!
2. Do you think Rodney's telepathy is permanent?
3. Where was the Odyssey where it had to be recalled? Ori galaxy?
4. How in the world would Mel get the authorization to export airplane parts to Sateda?!? Her options are by ZPM powered Stargate or via over crowded ship.
5. Will you touch on the retrovirus/Jennifer in Unascended?

Legacy is fantastic! I can't wait to read Unascended:).
Jun. 26th, 2014 10:36 am (UTC)
Excellent observations!

1. Yes, it was, wasn't it? Sometimes authors do things like that to make the story work. I wish that had been a little smoother, though.

2. I do think the telepathy is permanent. After all, the Athosian's Gift is permanent. And it's really interesting to watch Rodney learning to deal with it in Unascended.

3. We don't have the faintest idea! Another group of authors have been talking about writing what's going on in the Milky Way with SG-1 at the same time, and we were told they need Odyssey. So Odyssey they have!

4. I expect Sam will pull some strings to bring them out on the Hammond. That's still a few months off in Unascended.

5. Yes, Jennifer and the retrovirus plot are in Unascended!

I'm so pleased you enjoy Legacy. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us and to talk about it! We put so much time and effort into it for ... five years... now, and it's really, really nice to know it matters to people.
Shawn Edwards
Jun. 26th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Considering the billions of stars in a galaxy the odds are astronomical! I wondered if the Ancients have decided to bend the rules just a tad and nudge the Tauri into cleaning up the messes the Ancients left behind. Then the Ancients can truly leave it all behind and enjoy Ascension! Of course, they would never admit it...


Another question: Why does Teyla think that her and Shepherd's kids won't have either the Gift or the ATA gene? If they have a daughter that could quite the combination! A Wraith like queen with the ATA gene. I am surprised the Wraith haven't figured out a way to insert am ATA gene into their own genetic code.

Edited at 2014-06-26 06:42 pm (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Well, that's possible. And I'll have to remember that, as it's a better answer than the authors needed a big coincidence! :)

They couldn't have a daughter with a naturally expressed ATA gene as it's recessive. It's possible their daughter could have it activated by the gene therapy as Rodney did. The Gift is also recessive, and John doesn't have a gene for it as Kanaan did. So their child could not have the Gift. (Oddly enough, that question is addressed in an offhanded way in my anthology story and I was working on that bit this morning...)
Shawn Edwards
Jun. 27th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
The recessive gene makes sense. So that means John Shepard had the gene from both sides of the family?

I always figured some of the Ancients had problems with leaving their mortal existence behind. Now that the Dakara device is destroyed and the Ori have been eliminated any galaxy threatening Ancient "problems" are done in the Milky Way galaxy. The Wraith are a shadow of themselves and human civilizations are free to grow. The Ancients and other ascended beings may be able to turn their backs on mortal existence since their work here is done! Even an Ascended being may still have their own burdens to release in order to move on.

Having said that any author is still free to discover that "Oops, by the way..."
Jun. 28th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
John does. He has a double recessive.

Well, there are certainly more problems even though the Ori are gone and so forth! And certainly not everyone in the universe is done with Ascended beings. Therein lies the plot.... :D
Jun. 27th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
What do you find most challenging about writing about (relatively) recent history in The Order of the Air?
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