Monday, 7 March 2016

Guest Author, #Science #Fiction writer, Tegon Maus

MORNING everyone,
Doing something a little different on This Funny Irish Life today, as I have a guest, fellow Tirgearr Publishing author, Tegon Maus.

Take it away, Tegon.

"I’m asked all the time how did you come to write SCi-Fi?  Who motivated you? I think most of us have someone we looked up to as kids... someone that helped to shape the way we see the world.  Someone that made us a better person;  okay, maybe I went a little too far with the word better...  let's just say influenced.

     Personally I had two.  The first... at the top of the list was Benjamin Franklin.  An all around great guy... anyone who can fly a kite in the rain, just to see what lightning is made out of and live to tell about it is always at the top of my list.

     The second was Reed Richards... okay, nobody said it had to be a real person.  As a kid when I read the Fantastic Four I was held in awe by the wild machines that populated its pages not to mention by the man himself.  He had perfect posture, broad shoulders, chiseled good looks and a generous swath of gray at the temples.  Anyone could see he was one of the good guys.  He was an unparalleled genius able to multi-task in a time that had never heard the term.  He could manage the problem at hand and his relationship with all the other team members and all at the same time.  I had envisioned myself in his likeness a million times.  I wanted to be this kind of man... but genetics being what they are and much to my personal disappointment I wound up looking more like Franklin.  Happily, the tradeoff turned out to be the craving for knowledge and the feeling of kinship were machinery is involved. 

       I think this, above all else, is what Sci-Fi is all about.  It makes you want more... not just for the sake of having material gain but to have and be more than you are... to become something better than you were in the beginning, even if it’s just for a little while.  It makes you want to visit those worlds, see those creatures, have those adventures... see all those incredible machines and spaceships and ray guns and zapping arcs of energy from things we can't possibly understand.  But we want to, we really want to. 

      We want it to transform us in unimaginable ways so we can be part of something bigger than ourselves, something wonderful and good.  Isn't that why we read?  To live a life not our own for however long that book will have us.  We crave that kinship with our stories and Sci-Fi lets us live in those pages to its absolute fullest.  We want a happy ending, don't we?  We want to wipe the tears of our involvement from our cheeks and say to ourselves... "that was really, really good." 

      Down deep inside that’s what we all really want isn't it?   Well... that and chocolate."

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I'll be back on Monday, March 14th with my regular column, which will go live, as always at 07.30GMT. It's a fun, irreverent guide to St Patrick's Day in Dublin, that you'll never read in the guide books!

Have a lovely week,
Thanks for reading,
Hugs & xx, Sharon.


  1. Good morning Tegon, and Sharon. I really enjoyed reading this post. I wanted more. I must admit I'm not a huge fan of Scifi, but having read Tegon's explanation and passion for the subject it has got me interested. I'm curious now.

    1. Sci-Fi curious Cathy ? I never would have guessed... you seemed like such a nice girl ! Try my book BOB ! It's the best way to get your toes wet without messing your hair !

    2. I think we've witnessed the birth of a new term, Tegon: Sci-Fi curious. It'll end up being a thing, wait 'til you see.

  2. Good morning, Cathy. I completely agree. I think a writer's passion for their genre and their subject always shines through. It's what makes them want to write, and hopefully it's what encourages others to try their work.
    Thanks for dropping by today, Cathy.
    Have a lovely week.

    1. Thanks for hosting me Sharon... very generous of you!

    2. My pleasure. I did have an ulterior motive though. Involving the sending of some of your sun our way today! It might be working. There's a bit just struggling to get through... :)

  3. Great post, Tegon. It's been a while since I read any science fiction but I've always loved the genre. Just reading your post has re-awakened my longing to explore a new world and I shall definitely be purchasing your book!

  4. And chocolate!! Excellent post, Tegon.

  5. Hi Tegon - you've tempted me. Cathy

  6. I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi, but I love your passion for the genre, Tegon! I have many author friends who write sci-fi, and they're creativity always amazes me. That said, I can't wait to read BOB.

    1. Sue, you have to give Tegon's books a try. They're not hard boiled SciFi. Not Star Trekkie stuff, or Asimov. Largely normal people with unusual things happening to them. Really quirky, some humor, always makes you think. Bob is a fun read. So will The Gift when it's released next month ;-)

    2. I can't wait to read BOB. The reviews have been wonderful. It's next on list as soon as I finish reading two ARCs.