1. What is the best part of being involved in The Quantum Soul anthology?
Great question! First off, I would like to thank you for interviewing me on your blog and for giving me the opportunity to tell your readers a little about myself and my work. Many writers are a solitary lot. Having a group of colleagues to discuss common interests, offer help, guidance, feedback, etc. represents one of the many great benefits of participating in the Knights of the Sci Fi Roundtable. The core group and greater collective community provide a wonderful forum to share, learn, and contribute. The Roundtable fellowship helps to counteract some of the isolation that many writers often contend with. Having the opportunity to not only submit to the inaugural anthology, but to be selected and represented as one of the featured authors is an honor. Furthermore, the topic binding this group of stories—The Quantum Soul, represents an area I am particularly interested in. This is fertile ground where elements of science and metaphysics intersect. Finally, I get to work with outstanding folks such as yourself, Captain Ducky, and Sir Eric (to name just a few)—a fun, quirky, and thoroughly delightful group of sci-fi/fantasy junkies and talented
2. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Yes, this seems to be a question that percolates throughout the sci-fi universe. Short answer is both, but for different reasons. In some respects, I think the question sets up a false dichotomy. I view Star Wars primarily as a film series. I have not read the many books that develop the Star Wars universe. I find the films appealing in how classic myths, themes, and archetypes are developed. I love the notion of “The Force” and the need for balance between light and dark, good and evil. The hero’s journey, redemption, destiny—these classic elements are all present in the films in such a wonderful and entertaining way. Compare these films to the Star Trek films and there really is no comparison.
Collectively, the Star Trek films, in my opinion, have been marginal at best. Although, I did really enjoy The Wrath of Khan. The Star Trek TV series and the various spin offs such as Next Gen, Deep Space 9, etc. are a very different entertainment medium, especially when it comes to exploring and developing social themes. There are so many more episodes available for writers and producers to develop characters, themes, interactions, enemies (Klingons, Borg, Sulibon, etc.). Gene Rodenberry, the creative force behind the original show, specifically wanted to call attention to social issues of the time.
In total, I don’t think Star Wars can hold a candle to the exploration of these issues we’ve seen developed through the Star Trek franchise. While Rodenberry was groundbreaking in the sense of using the series to raise social consciousness, George Lucas was groundbreaking in a different way. What LucasFilms and Industrial Light and Magic achieved amounted to something revolutionary. We get to enjoy the creative efforts of both of these revolutionaries.
3. If you were to write under a pen name, what would it be?
In general, I prefer writing under my own name. At least, that is where I feel most comfortable. If I author a piece of original work it is a reflection of some aspect of myself. To use a pen name suggests to me that I don’t want readers to truly know that I am the author. However, I am currently writing a satire and plan to publish it under a pseudonym, a sobriquet, a nom de plume. Pen name sounds too banal to me. The work is so outlandish that I can’t even take myself seriously and will instead attribute the work to a devious alter ego, Tungyn Cheque. That name, of course is just an expression of yours truly.
Dr. Victor Acquista has become a successful international author and speaker following careers as a primary-care physician and medical executive. His non-fiction and his workshops focus on personal growth and transformation, especially as pertains to health and wellness, more can be fond about that on this website. His fiction includes social messaging intended to get the reader engaged in thought provoking themes. Dr. Acquista has a longstanding interest in consciousness studies, is a student of Integral Theory, and strives to do his part to make our planet a wee bit better. He lives with his wife in Florida. He is a member of the Authors Guild, Writers Co-op, and is a Knight of the Sci-Fi Roundtable. You can catch up with him on his website, on Twitter and on Facebook.