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Alan Priest Author Interview

SkyWorld Saga Foundation follows the founder of Sky City as he embarks on a mission across Earth and space to save his crowning achievement. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I love adventure stories. Having read Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy growing up, I recently began reading the original adventure authors, Jules Verne, and H. Rider Haggard. Journey to the Center of the Earth and King Solomon’s Mines were the inspiration for the epic adventure theme I tried to create. And because I am a huge Isaac Asimov fan, his original Foundation series was what drove me to the space theme. My hope was to create a story that kept moving and also connected future technology to today.

Ben Dawson is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character’s development?

Ben is a combination of many people I worked with in Silicon Valley. I’ve seen many incredibly talented people not succeed through no fault of their own except a lack of aggressiveness. It was important to show Ben’s path to success was different than most, but still, incredible in the results. Also, he realized family is more important than success and with the help of his wife, Paige, kept that his number one priority. It’s an idealized personality, but that’s the joy in creating characters, they can be an ideal to strive for.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

This book revolves around the relationships between family and friends when they are put in stressful situations. While I wanted to write an adventure story about the near future, it felt hollow if the characters didn’t have strong bonds between them. Also, I wanted to explore how technology could allow for a floating city and what it could look like besides a large hunk of metal in the sky. Finally, I did feel a need to present the problems with government bureaucracies that lose sight of working for their citizens and instead focus on their own careers and power struggles.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

While I will be returning to the SkyWorld Saga, I’m currently working on a story about time travel with an extended family. This will place husbands, wives, and their children, in various places in the past. They will have adventures experiencing the past but have to learn how to put their family issues behind them and rely on each other’s strengths. if they want to get back to their present. My goal is to have it available July 2023.

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In 2070, Ben Dawson was on the cusp of changing mankind, until mankind intervened. And then, instead of celebrating his crowning achievement of launching the world’s first airborne city, he was fighting for its survival. Threatened with imminent personal and financial ruin, Ben assembles a team that will embark on a mission across Earth and space to save Sky City.

Racing against the takeover of Sky City by The Department of Space, his team finds themselves with an impossible timeline. Forced to accelerate an already insane plan involving space colonies, moon mining and, per the Department of Space, Crimes Against Humanity, they will need all the cunning and grit they possess for their mission to work. But more likely, it will fail, leaving the Dawson family and colleagues with less than nothing.

Ben and his team realize for them to have any chance at success, they will need to rely on each other and learn the fundamental meaning of trust. If they do that, then they could come away with the biggest heist in history.

SkyWorld Saga Foundation

It’s the 2070s, and Ben Dawson has built a flying city made of hundreds of flying boats he invented. But Ben’s Sky City is threatened by the Department of Space, looking to take it over to score political points. Now Ben and his small team of loyalists must embark on a daring mission to retain control of Sky City —one that involves space travel, an asteroid, unlikely allies, and going up against formidable forces.

Alan Priest’s SkyWorld Saga Foundation is an upbeat science fiction novel that is bursting at the seams with intrigue and that curious allure that most futuristic stories have. The book is a breezy read punctuated by pulse-pounding moments of action that feels like they are fit for cinematic movie scenes.

The author utilizes simple but elegant writing to tell an imaginative story. This writing style helps keep readers focused on the creative world that Alan Priest has created and the clever storyline that delivers some stunning moments of sci-fi melodrama. This is a spirited adventure story that explores humanity’s ingenuity, resilience, and bravery contrasted with some of the more unsavory elements of humanity’s traits like power and a conspiratorial streak.

I was engrossed with the detailed world that is being built in this dystopian thriller. The world that the author is creating seems immense and begs to be explored in further novels. What is presented in this book serves as an interesting backdrop for the compelling cast of characters. I really appreciated the attention to detail that went into creating the backstory and I look forward to seeing how this evolves as the series continues.

While this can be considered hard sci-fi I appreciated the well-balanced ‘techsplaining’ that is used to drive this story forward without losing readers. Character development is also one of Priest’s strengths, as Skyworld Saga contains characters that have distinct and relatable, if not understandable, personalities. And the author really knows how to create genuinely unlikable characters too. I love how he throws wrenches into his protagonists’ plans and introduces new conflict to ramp up the drama and suspense that will eventually conclude in moments of fist-pumping glee for his readers.

SkyWorld Saga Foundation is an exciting science fiction story that builds a complex world with an organic sense of adventure that never forgets to entertain the reader.

Pages: 344 | ASIN: B09Z1S3M3Z

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