About the Book
If you like Star Wars, Battlefield Earth, and Forever War, you’ll love Rijel 12: The Rise of New Australia!
The remote Intergalactic Penal Colony on the planet Rijel 12 is a very profitable enterprise. Its desolate surface is an uninhabitable wasteland relentlessly scorched by its sun, but inside the planet is a vast treasure trove of the most precious resources in the galaxy.
Prisoners sentenced to Rijel 12 know it’s a one-way ticket. It used to be a convict would serve their time and come home. That stopped a while ago. Inmates are forced to work the mines in wretched conditions and the death rate is staggering. Luckily for the warden, new inmates arrive monthly to replenish the labor pool. Business has never been better.
From the darkness of their miserable existence, one prisoner decides to take a stand and begins to organize a resistance. Inmates rally to the cause and prepare for rebellion. Can the rag-tag rebels of ‘New Australia’ succeed in their quest for freedom or will the warden and the overpowering might of the Interplanetary Authority extinguish their only hope?
From new author, King Everett Medlin, comes an action-packed epic of hope, rebellion, and the quest for redemption.
What made you want to write sci-fi?
I grew up watching Star Trek, and loved how Roddenberry often crafted episodes to provide social commentary. Sometimes it was part of ongoing character development, and sometimes the episode itself conveyed an important message regarding the realities of human nature. Doing that in a futuristic setting, depicting alien characters and their interactions with humans, has proven to be the most enjoyable aspect of my writing experience – second only to researching the latest technologies and theories for interstellar travel.
Did you come across anything particularly interesting in your research for Rijel 12: The Rise of New Australia?
Oh yes! For Rise, I studied up on volcanology in order to devise a way the Nausties could set off an explosion big enough to stop invaders from Earth. The fun part was studying history in order to identify a precedent for this. Good that I did, in that when I finished, it occurred to me this might lead to global climatic change. It helped in developing a premise for the book’s sequel which I’m finishing this month.
What is your ideal writing setting (i.e. outside, drinking coffee, late at night, etc)?
Truck stop diner or a seedy dive bar with people talking loudly (competing to be heard over the music). Add in an electrical outlet where I can plug in my laptop; a decanter of decaf, and some low-life’s milling around in the background. Do that and I can write for hours. It helps in writing dialogs which replicate the way people talk in social situations. The give-and-take I hear between bar patrons or even waitresses/customers is genuine and immediately usable. For example, one time I heard two drunks discussing a TV commercial they saw on the bar television set. It was an ad for the latest sci-fi horror movie and in it the announcer made a reference to Mars. One of the drunks shook his head and muttered, “Hmmmph. I don’t know, man.” In response the other drunk asked, “Why … you think something’s out there?” The first drunk then replied defiantly, “Oh, I don’t think there is – I know there is.”
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I do a “Hemingway”. By that I mean I write down something true. Anything. Even if it’s got nothing to do with the book, I write it down. Maybe a whole paragraph – regardless of the topic. That was a tip Ernest Hemingway gave back in 1936 during an interview with Esquire magazine. It works every time.
What is your go-to book to read that never lets you down?
The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli. He’s so blunt; plus what he’s saying makes perfect sense once I shove aside naivety and coldly process the information. Because he gets right to the point and what he suggests is so brutally honest, if not totally spot-on, it immediately affects my characterizations and scenario-building.
What are some of your favorite writing tropes that most people usually hate?
Great question! I use simile quite a lot, and I have to say I’ve gotten into the habit from reading articles and interviews with scientists explaining how something exists or functions in the universe. It gets particularly amusing whenever I ask my wife Caroline to review one I’m especially proud of. She’ll often get snarky and imply that it was unnecessary. She’ll say, “Yeah, uh … I got it, thanks,” as if to indicate I should remove it from the paragraph. I rarely do.
What can we hope to see from you in the future?
The sequel to Rise is almost finished. It’s called Rijel 12: Return of Anarchy and will be out this fall. Fans will remember how one of the pirate ships in Rise never comes back from the raid on Star Fantasy. That ship is called the Anarchy and it is captained by Admiral Slout. In the sequel, New Australia has changed drastically since the war with Earth. Due to planet-wide volcanic eruptions there is now a vastly different climate up on the surface. But that’s not all that’s changed. Anarchy’s crew arrive home after seventeen years only to find their pirate paradise has transformed into an agrarian utopia. Unfortunately they’ve also picked up a deadly unknown passenger during their journey through the galaxy.
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Plenty! Organize your writing project. Develop a process for creating the book from start to finish. For example, when I start a new novel I first write a premise, then I develop a two to three page synopsis which includes the book’s ending. By that I mean I write the ending for the book before beginning even the first chapter. After that I write out synopses for each chapter through to the closing scene. Only then do I tackle the opening. By doing this, I already know the full story as well as the conclusion I’m working toward. I also have a guide for each chapter to follow as I move through the book. The next tip is work regimen. For me that means a chapter a week, or basically 5,000 words.
About the Author – King Everett Medlin
King Everett Medlin has been writing since 2013, when he first developed the idea for Rijel 12. It was originally designed to be a SciFi series, with the objective of creating several short installments. Instead he got a lucky break when Chandra Press from San Diego responded favorably to the original draft, deciding to publish it as a full length novel. King lives in Denver, Colorado with his lovely wife Caroline and has two grown children. He’s a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he played college Rugby; and remains a diehard Sooners fan to this day. His specialties are Science Fiction and Mystery/Suspense novels, focusing on unusual stories with intriguing plot-lines and amazing characters.
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