Last week, we had the opportunity to show case The Republic of Mars: Stage 4 and now we are very lucky to have a follow up interview with it’s author, Matthew B. Thompson. He was a joy to sit down and chat with about his book, science fiction vs. science fact, and much more! I look forward to perhaps bringing him on my podcast, Everything is Awesome, one day to have a more in depth conversation about his thoughts.
That’s Entertainment: Matthew, thanks for taking time out of your busy day to sit down and chat with us. Please, tell us how The Republic of Mars came into being?
Matthew B. Thompson: In the very beginning, it was only technical papers. The technical papers started linking together, so I did more in depth research on ancient cultures. I found lots and lots of links and a pattern emerged … a flesh and blood, non-crazy pattern.
As you know, the political climate has been getting hotter all the time. The only reason the United States could exist as it does is because it’s not in the Old World at all. People had to physically go somewhere else to live free. There isn’t much land left that people can go to anymore … on Earth, that is.
TE: It’s probably safe to say that there won’t be many new nations or societies found on Earth—where do you see the human race going next? The moon? Mars? Somewhere else altogether?
MBT: Mars is the next real step. They might start with our moon or one of the Martian moons. It’s important for people to realize that governments won’t do it. At least not until they can easily get troops there. (That’s the UGLY truth.) That’ll be about 100 years from now, no matter what the politicians promise. Private citizens have to jump this hurdle themselves.
TE: Did you write this series with an audience in mind? Or were these more for yourself?
MBT: For an audience. In my regular life I tend to see paths other people don’t see, or paths that other people think are too difficult. I envision my readers as the people that I get to show a secret path.
TE: A secret path? Sounds intriguing, could you elaborate? How much of that path have we seen in The Republic of Mars?
MBT: “Experts” talk about engineering crops, building habitats, and a lot of hocus pocus. Mars simply needs more gravity. It’s too weak to stand up against the solar wind. I talked about using the nearby Asteroid Belt. We need to live underground, completely protected from cosmic radiation. Ancient lava tubes already exist there. Seal one up and you could build an entire city underground. Low gravity let those things get huge.
TE: How has science fiction influenced you both in these books and in everyday life?
MBT: That could be a very long answer, but I’ll spare you. Science fiction is the theory, the daydreaming, behind science fact. The flip phone started because regular people saw it on Star Trek back in the 1960s. The examples go on and on.
I write my books like I live my daily life … with one foot planted firmly in reality and the other in possibility.
TE: No need to spare us here! We’d love to hear more about what kind of science fiction technology you expect to see become science fact in the future?
MBT: Travel has always been Mankind’s biggest hurdle. Flying cars is an obvious answer. I don’t mean cars combined with airplanes. That’s been tried for several decades and has always had mixed results. Those things are never excellent at either being a plane or being a car … and talk about expensive! If you can afford one of those things, you can afford a private jet!
I’m mean the flying cars of Back to the Future. I talk about it a little in my first book. All you would have to do is attach an antigravity generator to each of the four corners of the car’s frame. The car would “float” on the nearly flat “water” of the Earth’s gravity field.
If you take a step even further then you get into the realm of Stargate. A field of some kind, quantum entangles each molecule of your body before it’s disintegrated. Your body is reassembled at the other end. It doesn’t sound pleasant, but I doubt it’s uncool, either.
You could use that technology to deliver packages, or do your shopping, or get to work, or go visit a friend in another state. See what I mean about having one foot in possibility?
TE: What’s next for The Republic of Mars?
MBT: It’s about halfway through this part of the series, but there are all kinds of offshoots. There is the Lemurian-Reticulan war of the extreme ancient past, the God-Demon war of the ancient past, and the PRELUDE to the Human-Reticulan war (Bermuda Triangle, Sicily, etc.).
TE: It sounds like you have a very big world on your hands! Do you have any plans to expand outside the literary world?
MBT: Definitely. I’ve already been told that it’d make a good movie. That’d be a wonderful idea! I’ve already created artwork and the basic layout. Maybe one of your readers could help me bring it to life on Hulu, Netflix, or Sundance Film.
TE: Care to give some inspiration to other writers who are beginning their journey?
MBT: Writers out there already know how to write, what they like, and what stories they want to tell. By far, editing is the biggest consumer of time. I spend hours and hours crafting the words of my books. I draw maps, make engineering designs, and even get into chemical reactions. The reader might or might not ever see these things, but I think it makes the story more believable and more real.
TE: It seems like great story tellers tend to put in much more work behind the scenes that the audience may never see—is there somewhere where readers can see some of the supplemental material or more information about The Republic of Mars?
MBT: Not yet, but that’s a good idea. I’m building a website now and that’d be a great section!
Kev is the host of the podcast, Everything is Awesome and is the co-host of The Zombcast. He is the former host of the podcasts Happy Hour with Steel Tip, Creepcast, Happy Hour, 30 Minute Outsider, The Muff Squad, That's Entertainment, 215th Entertainment Presents: Sounds of Philly, Academic Nerds, and OuaT: The Unofficial Once Upon a Time Podcast.
Kev also writes for Dark Knight News and is working on a science fiction series.
Most of all, Kev is a dad to two wonderful children.
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