Meet Steve Bellinger, Author of e-Pocalypse: The Digital Dystopia is Coming, the new exciting Science Fiction Novel Released on the April 28, 2020.
-Now, Steve, I understand your novel is a paperback and an ebook with an audiobook on the way. Tell us more about yourself and your book
It’s the story of a retired computer tech, Matty and his girlfriend, Divya, who discover that people are being subtly influenced by hidden messages on their smartphones, computers, and video games. A new technology, augmented reality glasses that soon become required by law, helps to make the takeover of minds complete. While trying to stop the global computer system, NANA, from completely taking over, they find their lives are in danger as NANA tries to take them out.
-Sounds very interesting! What inspired you to write this book?
Well I am an almost retired computer geek. I’ve seen and read so many stories about computers and robots taking over the world. I don’t think computers themselves could ever do that. In my story, the computer is only a very powerful tool used by people.
-That’s an interesting and original perspective, and writing about the thing you know most is a very smart choice. What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?
At first I was concerned about writing a story where the main character is a baby boomer, but it seems to have been received well. I was also concerned that it might get too technical, but I think I reached I good balance
-Many bestsellers star baby boomers or even older generations, I believe it’s original and clever! How do you stand out from your competition?
My science fiction stories are always down to earth. About real people. They are also always diverse. In ePocalypse, Matty is an African American man and his girlfriend is a brilliant woman from India.
-Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?
I love science fiction. Especially classic science fiction. It was the likes of Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury who got me into science fiction as a child.
-Asimov is one of my personal favorites as well. Tell us, what is your next step as an author?
My first novel, The Chrononcar: An Urban Adventure in Time, was very well received, winning a number of awards. I have written a screenplay based on The Chronocar and am working on another one. Many have said that e-Pocalypse would make a good move, so I’ll work on a screenplay for that, also.
-Very Impressive. Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?
Write. Just write. Don’t worry about getting published. Finish the story first. I was 65 when my first novel was published, so it is never too late. But…don’t wait until you’re 65!
-Hahaha yes good advice. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Writing has opened a lot of avenues for me. As I mentioned above, I have won awards. My first book is in its second edition and can be found in libraries around the world. It is also in the University Archives of my Alma mater, the Illinois Institute of Technology. e-Pocalypse was recently added to a scholarly database of Utopian/Dystopian literature at Pennsylvania State University. And I have been honored with radio and podcast interviews and by being featured by you.
That’s awesome, thank you Steve Bellinger for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.
e-Pocalypse: The Digital Dystopia is Coming is available now on Amazon at only $12.99 paperback, $3.99 ebook (free with Kindle Unimited) check it out: