Monday, September 28, 2009

The Fabled City of God, Bruce Golden & "Evergreen"

A heretic priest launches an expedition into the unexplored regions of the frontier forest world of Evergreen, in search of the fabled City of God. A young man seeks his mother's killer amidst a rough and tumble camp of off-world lumberjacks. A woman is torn between love for her husband and lust for her stepson. A guilt-wracked man finds himself recruited by a colonial rebellion despite his desire to withdraw into narcotic dreams. An exobiologist studies primate-like creatures she believes have the capability to evolve into the first extraterrestrial sentient species. All the while the vegetal consciousness that is Evergreen contemplates the human colony.

As their personal conflicts unfold, and secrets are revealed, the expedition discovers the ruins of an ancient village, and evidence that a Neanderthal-like intelligence once existed on this world. The mystery of what happened to that species reveals the truth about Evergreen.

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Bruce, what or who most influenced your writing? Robert Heinlein, Mark Twain, Robert Howard, Rod Serling, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jim Morrison were my main influences as a youngster.
What is the one thing you want readers to know about your book(s) and/or writing? I'm always trying to do something different--something unexpected. In
Evergreen I tackled a theme not often seen in science fiction.
What is your next project and when can we expect to read it?
Dancing with the Velvet Lizard is a collection of all my short stories. It should be out in mid 2010.


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  1. Welcome to Bookland Heights, Bruce!

    EVERGREEN sounds extremely interesting and intense.

    Anything more you care to share about your writing style and inspiration? Will your short stories collection be sci-fi as well?


  2. I Bruce. Welcome to BH! Wondering how you researched Evergreen.


  3. My short story collection, "Dancing with the Velvet Lizard," is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, satire and more serious literary drama.

  4. "Evergreen" required extensive research to make sure I got the science right, as well as the logging techniques. I used my local library, the internet, and contacted various experts in the fields of physics, biology, archaeology, etc to read certain passages and make sure what I wrote was correct. It was a lot of work, but very satisfying knowing I was able to work in so many details.

  5. Bruce,
    I've read all of your books and "Evergreen" is my favorite. I loved it! The characters are real and complex and there's lots of action. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking what a fantastic theatrical movie the story of "Evergreen" would make.

  6. Bruce, I'm impressed by your research for Evergreen & amazed that you actually found experts to listen to you read a passage of your MS. How nice!!!! I don't write scifi, but always thought it would be fun to invent all the stuff I rant about as I go through my daily life, such as: Why can't I have more than 2 hands to carry my groceries in the house? Why is there no dry place in a woman's bathroom to set down my purse so I can wash up? And why do I even need a purse? Why can't my car sprout wings & fly when I'm stuck in traffic? Or why can't I fly? I'd love to read a book about a protagonist who goes through life eliminating those pesky obstacles, inventing on the spot the instruments needed to smooth out one's daily path. Good luck with Evergreen. I'll check it out!

  7. Irma,
    It sounds like you've just outlined an idea for a new short story. Don't think of it as scifi or fantasy, think "Walter Mitty," and get to writing.
    (One of the beauties of "Evergreen" is that I don't believe you have to be a big scifi fan to enjoy the characters' various journeys.)