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An Exclusive Interview with the Author of “Dust Mites”

Bacon’s Rebellion was lucky enough to snag an interview with “Dust Mites” author Jim Bacon. As he is the blog contributor most familiar with the book, Bacon interviewed himself. — JAB

JAB: Thank you so much for granting this interview, Mr. Bacon. First, let’s dispense with formalities. Do you go by James?

JAB: Jim would be fine.

JAB: Your novel is set in the year 2075 when there are numerous American colonies on the Moon. The colonies — one in particular, Galileo Station — is chafing under the imperial rule of an out-of-touch Congress and imperial presidency in Washington, D.C. Do you think that’s a plausible scenario?

JAB: I picked the year 2075, only 53 years from now, for literary reasons. I was deliberately playing on the parallels with the American Revolution. The incident that precipitates the action in the novel — the dispatch of the U.S. Marshal’s Special Operations Group into the underground city of Galileo Station to arrest its governor to stand trial — plays a role analogous to the events at Lexington and Concord in sparking a rebellion.

While the date may be arbitrary, let me advance a few propositions: (1) human exploration of the Moon will be commonplace by the end of the decade; (2) colonization of the Moon for scientific, military and economic imperatives will soon follow; and (3) tensions inevitably will arise between the U.S. colonies and the imperial power. It is not implausible to think that the central government in Washington, D.C. will continue to accumulate power over the next half century, and become more assertive and more authoritarian than ever. Continue reading

Dust Mites: The Siege of Airlock Three

The year… 2075.

The location… Galileo Station, the largest and most prosperous settlement on the Moon.

The crisis… The United States federal government is determined to rope in its free-wheeling lunar colonies. Resentful of intrusive politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., the Galiletians are getting restless.

The spark… When negotiations deadlock over Galileo Station’s right to settle new territories, U.S. Attorney Alyssa Reyes makes a critical decision: to infiltrate an elite squad of U.S. Marshals into the underground colony, snatch Governor Alexander Macaulay, and bring him to trial in U.S. territory. But the plan goes awry. The Galiletians resist, and events spiral out of control.

The actions of a handful of men and women who never thought of themselves as heroes determine the fate of the Moon and, with it, the geopolitical balance of power on Earth.

A work of future fiction, “Dust Mites: The Siege of Airlock Three,” is more than an action-packed page turner. It explores the eternal struggle between tyranny and liberty. “Dust Mites: The Siege of Airlock Three” is now available for purchase at Amazon.com.

This is my first venture into self-publishing a novel. I like the  fast-paced action/thriller genre, but I usually find the characters and settings to be of indifferent quality. I also find most action tales intellectually vapid. “Dust Mites” is my effort at writing a thinking man’s thriller, with some social commentary thrown in.

Most of the story takes place on the Moon and in Washington, D.C. However, Virginia readers of Bacon’s Rebellion might be pleased to know that there are four brief references to places or things in the Old Dominion. Read the book and see if you pick them up. Three are easy to spot, one is arcane.

With this post, I am launching a soft roll-out. What I need more than anything before cranking up the publicity machine is reviews on Amazon.com. I would be exceedingly grateful to anyone who buys the book and gives a review — even more grateful if you give me five stars!

Meanwhile, for your amusement and edification, I would steer you to the Dust Mites website and check out the essays. There I expound upon the challenge of writing about futuristic fiction and imagining the world of 2076. Subscribe for periodic email updates about the science, business, and geopolitics of the Moon.