Guests: Literary

Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry)

Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry)

Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series and Lost Stars series, as well as the Stark’s War and Sinclair/”JAG in space” series, and the stand-alone alternate American Civil War novella The Last Full Measure.  His most recent books are Lost Stars - Perilous Shield, and Beyond the Frontier - Steadfast in the Lost Fleet series.  In December 2014, Audible will begin publishing his "steampunk with dragons" series starting with The Dragons of Dorcastle.  John's works have been published in eleven languages, and have sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide.  His short fiction includes a wide variety of works covering time travel, alternate history, space opera, military SF, fantasy, and humor.  His most-recently published short story is The War of the Worlds, Book One, Chapter Eighteen, The Sergeant Major (a previously unknown lost chapter to the classic novel).  John has also written a fair amount of non-fiction, including articles on real declassified Cold War plans for US military bases on the Moon, and Liberating the Future: Women in the Early Legion (of Superheroes) in Sequart's Teenagers From the Future.  At somewhat erratic intervals he presents his talk on Everything I Needed To Know About Quantum Physics I Learned From The Three Stooges, showing how Stooge skits illustrate principles of quantum physics as well as the occasional Newtonian law of motion or relativistic concept.

 

John is a retired US Navy officer, who served in a wide variety of jobs including surface warfare (the ship drivers of the Navy), amphibious warfare, anti-terrorism, intelligence, and some other things that he's not supposed to talk about.  Being a sailor, he has been known to tell stories about Events Which He Says Really Happened (but which cannot be verified by any independent sources).  This experience has served him well in writing fiction.

 

He lives in Maryland with his indomitable wife “S” and three great kids (all three on the autism spectrum).

Mark Hodder

Mark Hodder

Mark Hodder is descended from John Angell, a pirate who sailed with Captain Kidd. According to family legend, Angell invested most of his ill-gotten gains in land, particularly in Angell Town near Brixton in London. Anyone who can provide irrefutable legal evidence that they are descended from Angell will inherit the land, which is now worth many millions. Over the course of generations, members of the family have lost a fortune trying to prove the link, and many people who have no connection with the family at all have adopted the Angell name in order to make a claim. As a result, the family tree is extremely tangled and a legal connection to the pirate’s treasure is almost certainly impossible to establish.

Mark’s great-grandfather was Doctor Albert Leigh, who went to medical school with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The two men were great friends—they joined the Freemasons together—and Sir Arthur presented Albert with a complete set of Sherlock Holmes first editions, all inscribed: To dear Leigh, from your friend Doyle. They would fetch a fortune at auction today. Unfortunately, upon Leigh’s death in 1944, his housekeeper (who was also his mistress) made off with the volumes.

Thus it is that two great fortunes have eluded Mark Hodder.

Denied money-for-nothing and the luxury, idleness, and indulgences it would bring, Mark had little option but to draw on his sole talent and labour as a copywriter. Initially, he wrote scripts for commercial radio but then moved to the BBC, where he worked for a near-decade.

By 2007, his piratical genes rebelled and he decided to quit the rat race and live in the sun. He moved to Valencia, Spain, to live with his Spanish partner, with whom he now has twins, and to teach English. However, upon his relocation, he was given the opportunity to write a novel. The result was THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF SPRING HEELED JACK, which promptly went on to win the Philip K. Dick Award. Sequels followed: THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CLOCKWORK MAN, EXPEDITION TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON, THE SECRET OF ABDU EL YEZDI, THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN and the last in the series, THE RISE OF THE AUTOMATED ARISTOCRATS. He’s also written a freestanding novel, A RED SON ALSO RISES, and a number of short stories. Mark is currently working on a new series, which he describes as an “inner space opera.”