Stephen’s Credentials

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Stephen’s Writing Credentials

 

 

Stephen has written five books and over 100 magazine articles for a variety of magazines. He has interviewed more than 350 people for his work as an author, magazine writer, and award-winning podcaster.

 

As a contributing editor for Space and Time Magazine, he has also been a regular contributor for Robot Magazine, Humanity Plus Magazine, Grim Couture Magazine, and Port Iris magazine; and he spent three years as a columnist and contributing editor for Jim Baen’s Universe Magazine.

 

His nonfiction books include A Brief History of Predicting the Future as well as Indistinguishable from Magic: Predictions of Revolutionary Future Science. His novels include Bones Burnt Black, Plague at Redhook and Skinbrain.

 

He has spoken to over 150 audiences at the many conventions to which he has been invited.

 

Since 2005, he has produced over 400 episodes of his weekly podcast, The Future And You, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today.

 

He is also an essayist, artist, game designer, and is on the advisory board of The Lifeboat Foundation.

 

 

Stephen’s Interviewing Credentials

 

 

In the 2010 movie The Ghostwriter, the actor, Pierce Brosnan (playing a former British Prime Minister) asked Ewan McGregor (playing his ghostwriter) how the ghostwriting process works. Ewan McGregor explained it very simply, “I interview you. I turn your answers into prose. Here and there I’ll add linking passages, imitating your voice.”

 

For those books in which the client will be the main source of its content (memoirs, autobiographies and about half of all nonfiction books, such as business and self-help), that is an accurate, if highly condensed, summary of the process. It also points out three of a ghostwriter’s most vital skills: interviewing, writing, and imitating the client’s “voice” in the form of word choice and sentence structure typed onto a page.

 

The first skill is interviewing.

 

Stephen won a Parsec Award in 2006 for the quality of his interviews.

 

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Interviews are used at the beginning of the process to learn exactly what the client would like the book to contain; as well as its tone, voice, layout, organization, and emphasis.

 

For some books, all the information the finished book will contain exists only inside the mind of the client. In these cases long interviews, spread over days or weeks, totaling twenty hours or more, are used to capture that information so that it can be transformed into the client’s book. Exploring the content of a mind to find the golden nuggets is a specialized skill. If done poorly, the book will suffer; but if done well, the quality will show through.

 

For other books, however, only part of the information will be from the mind of the client. The rest will be provided by researching many outside sources. In these cases, interviews may total as little as three to five hours and focus as much on collecting the client’s knowledge as letting the ghostwriter know what topics to research, and what to emphasize about the information that will be gathered.

 

Thanks to Stephen’s years of experience in conducting interviews, he has developed the skills needed to make this a comfortable and conversational experience.

 

Here is a partial list of the more than 350 people Stephen has interviewed. (No list will ever be made public of those people for whom Stephen has ghostwritten.)

 

 

Celebrities

 

Senator John McCain - 2008 presidential candidate

Lisa Loring - actress ("Wednesday" in the 1960s TV series The Addams Family)

Ken Weatherwax - actor ("Pugsley" in the 1960s TV series The Addams Family)

Jordan Marder - actor (American History X, Virtuosity, L.A. Confidential, and Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions; as well as The Drew Carey Show, JAG, The Equalizer, and The X-Files)

Erin Gray – actress (“Kate Summers” in the sitcom Silver Spoons and “Colonel Wilma Deering” in the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)

Betsy Palmer - actress (“Mrs. Voorhees” in the 1980 horror film Friday the 13th)

Michael Berryman - actor (37 films and 15 TV shows; the star of Wes Craven's original version of the horror film The Hills Have Eyes)

Bodie Olmos - actor (TV series Battlestar Galactica)

Gary Jones - actor (Stargate SG-1)

Aria Giovanni - actress and model

Robin Curtis - actress (“Lt. Saavik” in the movies Star Trek III and Star Trek IV)

Lydia Cornell - actress (Ted Knight's daughter, “Sara Rush,” on the sitcom Too Close for Comfort)

Aimee Sweet - actress and model

Grant Baciocco - comedian, comedy writer, and co-creator of The Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd

Shannon Presley - on-air radio personality at WBVR, "The Beaver."

Kelly Lockhart - former radio DJ in Atlanta, Key Largo, and Chattanooga; and award-winning writer

Linda Tran - actress and model

Hattie Hayridge - actress and stand-up comedian (“Computer” in the British TV series Red Dwarf)

Jerry Rector - actor (Star Trek, NYPD Blue, and Sliders)

 

Business Executives & Professionals

 

Dr. Ben Goertzel - AI scientist, author, futurist, CEO of Novamente, and Director of Research at the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Peter Norvig - AI scientist, textbook author, and Director of Research at Google

David Pascal - marketing consultant specializing in “social marketing”

John Buckman - CEO of the recording label Magnatune

John R. Douglas - editor at scifipedia (a division of the SciFi Channel) and World Fantasy Convention board member since the 1980s

Dr. Young-sook Park 박영숙 - South Korean diplomat, chair of the United Nation's Millennium Project in South Korea, and President of the South Korean Foster Care Association

David Orban - futurist, speaker, writer, and business executive

Rudi Hoffman - cryonics insurance provider and cryonics financial planner

Paul Fischer - IT professional

Robert Hooker - IT professional and consultant

Julie Grimaldi - president of Police Futurists International

Dr. Giulio Prisco - futurist, scientist, corporate consultant, and former Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association

Stefano Vaj - author, futurist, transhumanism activist, and lawyer based in Milan, Italy

Brian Wang - futurist, writer, and speaker

Philippe Van Nedervelde - spokesperson for the Lifeboat Foundation and Executive Director for the Foresight Nanotech Institute in Europe

Michael Anissimov - futurist, transhumanism activist, and board member of the World Transhumanist Association

George Dvorsky - outspoken activist for futurism and transhumanism, and executive editor of Betterhumans

Mike Treder -  executive director of CRN: The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

Thomas Gideon - digital media rights activist and host of The Command Line podcast

Ricki Dean - School Nutrition Manager of Columbia County Georgia, USA

Lionel Vogt - transhumanist and futurist, best known for his TV appearances with his battling robots

 

Scientists & Academics

 

Dr. Travis S. Taylor - scientist with NASA and DOD, author and discoverer of two exoplanets

Dr. Nick Bostrom - Oxford professor, author, philosopher, and co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association

Les Johnson - author, lecturer, and NASA executive

Dr. Adrian Bowyer - professor of engineering and inventor of the RepRap machine, a 3D printer

Chris Phoenix - author, scientist, co-founder and Director of Research for Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

Dr. David Pearce - author, professor, activist, philosopher, and co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association

Nathan P. Butler - author and professional educator

Dr. Aubrey de Grey - medical gerontologist working to promote medical longevity

Dr. Grover Swartslander - physicist and professor

Dr. Greg Matloff - astronomer, author, and professor

Dr. Bob Boan - author and scientist working with DOD and NASA

 

Artists

 

Richard H. Green - artist for Walt Disney Studios (Who Framed Roger Rabbit & Beauty and the Beast)

Cheralyn Lambeth - Muppet creator and costumer from Jim Henson Productions

David Mattingly - award-winning painter, illustrator, and book cover artist

Scott Stewart - artist of children’s books, comics, and coloring books

Steve Bennett - artist of manga, anime, and webcomics

S.L. Gallant - commercial and comic book artist

Kurt Miller - book cover artist

Sam Flegal - artist

David Cherry - book cover artist

Mike and Paul Beilazyc - artists, costumers, and entrepreneurs

 

Editors & Agents

 

Lucienne Diver - literary agent in New York

Peter Stampfel - submissions editor at DAW Books and musician

Hildy Silverman - publisher of Space and Time Magazine, and contributing editor of Achieving Families Magazine

Tom Atwood - editor-in-chief of Robot Magazine

R. U. Sirius - editor-in-chief of H+ magazine

Paula Goodlett - managing editor of Jim Baen's Universe Magazine

Tony V. Baughman - reporter for The Aiken Standard newspaper

Walt Boyes - marketing director of Jim Baen's Universe Magazine

Bruce Gehweiler - publisher at Marietta Publishing