“It was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
That’s the first time the author, James Luceno, has said that, after the success of his novel, The Darkest Side, he decided to write a series of spec fiction books.
In the book, which is being published by Tor Books, Luceno describes a universe populated by humans who are not like humans and who are actually more like aliens.
“They have no souls, and that is what I thought was the coolest part about them,” he wrote.
“There is no human race.”
Luceno’s books have sold more than 10 million copies, and he’s become a popular figure among spec authors, who have made him an inspiration to many other writers.
And Luceno’s popularity has grown since his first book, The Great Collapse, hit the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.
In the new book, Lucenos tells his own version of the events of The Dark Side, which was first published in 1998, and which he wrote for just under two years.
Luceno says he began writing The Dark Times in 1997, when he was working as a science fiction writer for a small publisher in the Philippines.
The series took him to many places, including Hong Kong and the Philippines, he said.
“I never had a sense of adventure before, I never had the sense that there was this universe out there that I wanted to be part of,” he said in a telephone interview.
“I just wanted to find something that was exciting.
And I never imagined that there would be a book that I would write that would be so different than what was on the market.”
Lucenos books are a mix of fiction and nonfiction.
There’s a section on The Dark Age of Technology, which has become a favorite among spec writers, with its story of a woman who’s taken a job with a tech company.
There is a section called The End of Time, in which a scientist’s wife has gone mad and has turned to the dark side of science, Lucenos said.
The books are published by the Tor Books imprint.
The author says he’s working on a third book, but he says he’ll publish whatever he can get his hands on.
“That was the first book that made me realize, ‘OK, I’m not just writing fiction, I am also writing about something I know about,'” he said, laughing.
“It’s just a way to explore that.”