Sunday 20 October 2013

Author Interview – H. Peter Alesso

Why do you write?

I love words. Words elucidate the ideas of great thinkers and leaders from Aristotle to Lincoln.  Consider the brief collage, “All men are created equal?” Can you doubt the inspiration of these words? Words shroud us with the emotions of others and bring nature’s kaleidoscopic scenery into view. They let us share experiences both past and present.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

That hasn’t always been the case. My first infatuation was with numbers, in all its manifold forms from algebra to topology. However, with maturity came insight into the elegance and efficacy of words for expression beyond algorithms.

What motivates you to write?

I find that there is beauty in creating ideas and expressing your thoughts. So I would suggest that you find your words and tell your story.

What writing are you most proud of?

A few years ago I wrote a non-fiction technology book call, Thinking on the Web: Berners-Lee, Gödel and Turing. Though this was primarily a software technology book, it involved some rather advanced mathematical concepts. I took great pains to include fictionalized allegories between chapters to illustrate the concepts as well as the philosophy. I think it will remain interesting for some time to come. (Link: )

What books did you love growing up?

I am a voracious reader. I have habitually read several books a weeks in a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction subjects since I first obtained a library card. It would be hard to narrow down a selection of just a few from this treasury house.

What genre of books do you adore?

I find that science fiction novels provide wonderful adventures in unexpected places with unusual characters and strange circumstance. I’ve enjoyed them all my life.

Who is your favorite author?

My favorite scifi author is Robert Heinlein. He was able to span the emotional range from rage to laughter in developing his characters. He used humor and romance as intrinsic elements of to the human spirit. Each displays a vital aspect of each character in a story. The problem is that both humor and romance are difficult to include in a complex story because they may require significant personality development to express and that may distract from the central arc of the action of the story. A strong writer should be able to engage both of these essential human characteristic within the context of his main story line.


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Genre – Science Fiction

Rating – G

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