Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight - David Brin

Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features David Brin, who is displayed on card number 42, from the Science Fiction Collection.   David is a bestselling author as well as an inventor and scientist.  He was won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards. One of his books, “The Postman” became a film starring and directed by Kevin Costner.  Other Brin books dive into such topics as World War II, Human Cloning, and altered dolphins flying spaceships.  David appears often on shows like Life After People and Through the Wormhole.  He offers his knowledge and guidance as well in workshops and advice columns.  You can get more information about David and his work on his website. http://www.davidbrin.com
 
What authors do you admire today?

Nonfiction authors like Stephen Pinker and Rebecca Solnit show us that humanity may be a bit better and more hopeful than the cynics would have us believe.  Novelists like Vernor Vinge, Nancy Kress; suggest that the future may be simultaneously weird, yet offering windows to human understanding.

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Trading Card Spotlight - David Klingler

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features David Klingler, who is displayed on card number 416, from the Superstars of 2013.  David created an independent software company called Solanimus which has created games such as Signal to Noise and Crashland.  You can view his website at www.solanimus.com.  His favorite game of all time is Earthworm Jim Special Edition.  David also is an avid game player and has multiple world records on Mario Kart DS. 

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

My favorite video game character is Cool-B. He is the player character from the first game I ever made, Cool-B in Search of Floyd. Cool-B and Floyd were cats I had in real life when I was younger, so that's very special to me.

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Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight - Jack McDevitt

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Our first Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Jack McDevitt, who is displayed on card number 64, from the Science Fiction Collection.  Jack is the author of 22 novels, 12 of which have been Nebula finalists.  His fiction has won him the Heinlein Lifetime Achievement award.  Other careers Jack has had include English teacher, naval officer, and customs officer.   Jack is best known for his Alex & Chase mysteries, and for the Priscilla Hutchins novels. 
 
How early in your life did you know you would be a writer?

I knew I wanted to write when I was about seven. (Started The Canals of Mars.) But I was in my mid-forties before I realized it was going to happen. It came out of left field.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Joe Jackmovich

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joe Jackmovich, who is displayed on card number 2101, from the Superstars of 2015.  Joe is an experienced journalist with his M.A. from Indiana University.  Being a video game reporter, Joe has talked to many figures in the video game industry including Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu.  Joe also holds gaming records on such games as Geometry Wars and Computer Space and recently broke the world record on Super Double Dragon for the SNES.  Joe’s goal is to break the 10 million point score on Gradius for the NES.   He is starting medical school at Marian University in the fall of 2016.    

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

It’s completely impossible to pick a single favorite character. Magus from Chrono Trigger probably takes a high place though. It was unbelievable to have a villain join your party in an RPG. He had a convoluted story but a clear objective. And the way the party ruins his plans unintentionally is such a great mark of storytelling.

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Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight - Paul Stokstad

Our first Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight features Paul Stokstad, who is displayed on card number 22, from the Fairfield Collection.  These cards commemorate Fairfield, Iowa's unique distinction as the "Renaissance Capital of the World." Paul is the founder of the Fairfield Public Access Channel (FPAC) and is a producer of hundreds of improv and dance events in the area.  He has written many books on such topics as dance, tennis and poetry.  Paul is a terrific tennis player and has competed in many tournaments and has finished as high as third in his age division and 1st is doubles competition.  He has dream of being a screenplay writer and producer.

Where did you grow up in Iowa?

I grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa, finished HS in Des Moines and went to college and grad school in Iowa City (plus getting a second Master’s Degree at MUM.edu).  I moved here in 1974, then away in 1978 and back in 1980 then away in 2000 and back in 2004.

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