The following is the transcript from my recent interview with Dr. Reizer.
GF: I know from prior experience that your fiction usually has flecks of truth sprinkled within the pages of the works. Is this the case with The Blue Marble?
JR: Yes, of course, that’s the way I write my novellas. This latest story is filled with my ideas about our perceived reality. I discuss within the construct of the tale my beliefs and understanding of the Earth game simulation.
GF: So, you actually believe we are all living inside a simulation? You believe that we’re experiencing a virtual reality exercise.
JR: I absolutely believe that we are all avatars that have been downloaded into a computer simulation. I also believe that a small percentage of the players are attempting to make changes to the game’s codes.
GF: Do you ever feel insecure about writing that life is a game or as you put it, a simulation?
JR: No! I believe that many people are coming to a similar conclusion. If you study biology and especially genetics, it is easy to see that everything alive is made of codes. If you change the codes, the expressions of the products can become significantly altered. Additionally, the claims I am making are not too far removed from what many religions profess. Plenty of people believe that we are souls first that are born into temporary bodies. My claims are similar to those of many traditional beliefs. I use different terminology.
GF: Let’s discuss more of The Blue Marble. How did you come up with that name and the concept of the object portrayed in your story?
JR: Well, The Blue Marble is the name of the famous picture that Apollo 17 astronauts alleged to have taken of the Earth from outer space.
JR: My idea for this book, without giving away too much of the novella’s plot, was to have a mysterious object be a key part of the story. The object had to have a long, disturbing history with the people of Earth. The mystery is slowly solved as the story progresses. The Apollo space program, in my story, is an integral part of explaining the artifact’s great mystery. I think everything comes together nicely at the end of the book.
GF: Did it take long to write the story?
JR: I think I wrote this one in about 7 or 8 weeks. Not too long.
GF: Did you know how the story was going to go and end before you began the writing process?
JR: This time I had the story mapped out pretty well in my head before I began. I have two stories going on in this book and they intertwine and are important to the overall plot. That’s a challenging thing to do with any novel let alone a short manuscript. But I am pleased with the way it all turned out.
GF: Why do you think space travel has not been successfully achieved by NASA or any other space agencies?
JR: I don’t think it is possible to travel in outer space like people have imagined because the parameters of the simulation or the Matrix preclude this action from occurring.
GF: What do you hope people will gain or take away from reading your story?
JR: I hope they will enjoy the book and that the story will make them think about the world and their place in it.
GF: Which one of your novellas is your favorite?
JR: That’s a great question and a difficult one for me to answer. All these stories are like my children. I have different memories of writing them and I am emotionally attached to each book. Obviously, The Target List has been the most successful story and its success is going to explode next year when people watch the movie. But I am attached to all of them.
GF: Will you be having others in the future?
JR: No more children are in my future, but there will probably be more stories.
Gina Flores (Pseudonym) is a writer, seminar coordinator, wife, and mother who resides in Barcelona, Spain.
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