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Published:May 2nd, 2007 08:51 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with John Moore, A Fate Worse than Dragons

Judyth Piazza chats with John Moore, A Fate Worse than Dragons

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

John Moore is an American engineer and author of fantasy and science fiction. He lives and works in Houston, Texas.

Much of Moore`s early work appeared under a fuller version of his name, John F. Moore. His early stories were mostly hard-boiled science fiction. His first published story, "Sight Unseen," appeared in Aboriginal SF in 1986. His work has also seen print in New Destinies, Realms of Fantasy and Marion Zimmer Bradley`s Fantasy Magazine.

Moore`s longer works have been light, humorous fantasies, which have been compared to the writings of Terry Pratchett and Robert Asprin. He was influenced to use humor in his fiction by comedian Bill Hicks when both were students at the University of Houston. At the Comedy Workshop, Moore studied the techniques of performers like Hicks, Sam Kinison, and Ellen DeGeneres to develop his own sense of comic timing and pacing.

His fantasies have been published in a number of languages other than English, notably German, Czech and Russian. The Czech version of his novel The Unhandsome Prince was actually published before the first edition in English. As for his other novels, Slay and Rescue is available in all three languages; The Unhandsome Prince in Czech and Russian, and Heroics for Beginners in Czech and German.