It’s a strange thing, you know. You’ve gotta talk about yourself, and you’ve gotta say something sincere. The public can sniff out insincerity. I’d say I was shy and leave the matter at that, but it’s not true in the slightest. I love talking about myself, and I’m not alone, but it’s the demands of propriety that I keep my mouth shut in most instances; this isn’t one of them.
My name is Robert Madsen. I’m a writer. I’ve written works of science fiction that I would call “gritty” as an understatement, “grimdark” for a lark, and even “occasionally horrifying.” Beyond this, I’ve also written works of fantasy not altogether different, what might be termed as the intersection of high fantasy and dark fantasy. I have an awful predilection for abusing my protagonists among other things, you see. Of the books I’ve published there are a pair of science fiction works–The Sagas of the Iron Hearts: Fragments and Goliath Thunder: Sacrifice. There are many more books coming, and don’t think for a moment that I’ve neglected fantasy. Similarly I’ve a pair of contiguously running science fiction and fantasy serials respectively and affectionately known as the “Gregory Samuels Series” and “Sword of the Saints: Sinner” that I run from this very website–gratis–but are generally linked to my other media.
So what do I like? It can honestly be evidenced by what I’ve written. If you enjoy what I’ve written, there’s a damn good chance that our likes have pretty massive overlap. I myself am a part of my audience demographic. Huge fan of Battletech, huge fan of Warhammer 40k, I’m also a great adorer of the works of Robert E. Howard [creator of Conan the Barbarian] and old pen and paper fantasy role playing and much of the various titles it spawned, such as Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment–the good old days. Beyond this, I was trained as a classical scholar, and I’ve read fairly widely everything ranging from Homer to Catullus, and the Classical influence on my writing cannot be overestimated. In short, I’m a dork, and I don’t use the term lightly. Of music, it can be classical; it can be folk; and it can also be rock, but I’ll confess that I’ve never been a master of the medium; if it sounds good, I’m likely to appreciate it, but I probably won’t let on. Can’t have anyone knowing your weaknesses. But as regards movies and the visual medium in general, excellent composition, illustration, and animation can rehabilitate for me what would be otherwise unwatchable; I’m like a child playing with intersecting blocks.
In any case, I’m fairly approachable and I enjoy comments. There’s all different manner of modes to contact me, and I respond to each and every one. Email [firstname.lastname@example.org], messaging, comments, whatever you can think of.
Anyways, I hope this has been instructive.
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