Today I am joined by science fiction legend Jack McDevitt. In this episode we talk about his love of stories, how he began as an English teacher, working for the government before trying his hand at writing, writing science fiction adventure stories, balancing futuristic science with what we know now, his long career, he Priscilla “Hutch” Hutchins series, the Alex Benedict series, writing long-running character arcs, how publishing has changed, and much more.
About Jack McDevitt:
McDevitt went to La Salle University, where a short story of his won the annual Freshman Short Story Contest and was published in the school’s literary magazine, Four Quarters. As McDevitt explained in an interview, “I was on my way. Then I read David Copperfield and realized I could never write at that level, and therefore I should find something else to do. I joined the Navy, drove a cab, became an English teacher, took a customs inspector’s job on the northern border, and didn’t write another word for a quarter-century.” McDevitt received a master’s degree in literature from Wesleyan University in 1971. He returned to writing when his wife, Maureen, encouraged him to try his hand at it in 1980. As of 2007, McDevitt lives near Brunswick, Georgia. In 2005, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.
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