Watch the Chapter 5 Reading of THE ORIGIN OF F.O.R.C.E.:
Novel performed by actress Val Cole
Get to know writer Sam B. Miller II:
1. What is your novel about?
The Chrysallaman Empire has colonized every habitable planet in the galaxy, ruthlessly exterminating any sentient race that dared object to their benevolent conquest. Now they have completed a six month exploratory mission on Earth and found it to be an ideal colonization planet with a temperate climate, vast water reserves, lush vegetation, and a ruminant population of semi-intelligent animals called humans who pose no threat to the superior technological, mental, and physical strengths of the mighty Chrysallamans. In fact, when ground into a gritty paste, the humans are quite tasty. By sheer luck, the humans disable one of the Chrysallaman spacecraft in 1947 at Roswell, New Mexico, and capture a Chrysallaman youngster vacationing with his father. Humans have only 65 to 70 years until the Chrysallamans return to Earth with an immense invading fleet of warships and millions of colonists. A special group of men and women are chosen to save humanity from the impending invasion. An eccentric scientist, red-headed hellion specializing in reverse engineering, DNA specialist, Xenobiologist, and an assortment of specialized military commandos are assembled by the Pentagon into F.O.R.C.E., the Federal Organization for Response to Celestial Enemies. The young alien is raised by those human scientists and military Special Forces along with strong influences from The Cisco Kid, Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis. He helps protect Earth from the invasion destined to turn all of mankind into an organic food source. The Chrysallamans just may have met their match!
2. Why should this novel be read by people?
The story blends historical facts and actual scientific discoveries into an exciting, plausible tale of humans protecting their World from evil. The story is filled with danger, intrigue, adventure, humor, fight scenes, love interests, battles and believable scientific achievements.
3. How would you describe this novel in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. How long have you been working on this novel?
Over 4 months.
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Robert Heinlein’s “Sixth Column”
7. What motivated you to write this novel?
After years of being an avid reader of Sci-Fi novels and thinking about how I would approach writing my own book, I finally conceived an exciting plot and scenario. I wanted to prove to myself I could actually create a lasting work of art.
8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?
Artist: Andy Worhol. Author: Stephen King
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I want to enjoy every day in some fashion. Sun, rain, snow, spring, fall. It makes no difference. Life is definitely worth living!
10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?
The idea of live actors performing my novel was very intriguing. I read several reviews about the festival and watched some of the videos of past performances. The more information I got, the better the opportunity appeared.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Writing is hard work. I have a tremendous amount of respect for people who write novels. The job is not easy. It takes dedication and personal resolve to do all the things necessary to create a plausible, enjoyable manuscript. Don’t ever give up!
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