So, here’s the thing. It’s hard enough being a writer. Make that even more difficult today, what with the complete stratification of the arts. You know kids, I can remember when the Billboard Top 100 was just one list! NO SHIT! I’M NOT KIDDING! Now its Top Hip-Hop, Top AOR, my God, everything is so difficult these days because everything must be forced into neat little boxes (insert “you damn kids don’t understand the way things used to be rant” here). Add to that, becoming a Science Fiction Author is no less difficult when you start talking about what “Genre” your work fits into. WHAT THE HELL EVER HAPPENED TO, “THIS IS A GOOD STORY???”
OK fine, I’m done. So here is a guy who writes some terrific stories. John Zakour has about half a dozen novels and “Young Adult” books that I havhe been able to find, and damn, this guy can write. He wrote a series of novels with a partner Laurance Ganem, taking the Hard Boiled Detective story into the future with his protagonist Zachary Nixon Johnson. The last detective on Earth and what the earth has become he sets you up for a ride that is part Dashiell Hammett and part Philip K. Dick, which makes for one intriguing meld. Wonderful character, straight on plots and fun reads, for those of you who can still read.
His books include:
The Blue-Haired Bombshell
The Frost Haired Vixen
The Radioactive Redhead
The Doomsday Brunette
The Plutonium Blonde
Baxter Moon Galactic Scout (young adult)
This is Dome saying, this is some good work kiddies, so I suggest you run out and buy whatever of his you can find of his work. READ DAMNIT!