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Interview with Captain Idaho Cleveland (The Burning Dark)

By Titan Books On 20 03 2014

Interview with Captain Idaho Cleveland (The Burning Dark)


Where do you think your passion for outer-space began?


I grew up in a town called Star, which is where the Fleet have some of their biggest facilities - the war is run from New Orem, but Star is where a lot of the grunt work actually takes place - the Fleet has a big shipyard there, where they build the basic modular units that are slotted together in orbit to form the U-Stars. Every day I would see these giant lifters taking the blocks up into space, so it seemed obvious I would follow them, one day.

And I come from a Fleet family. Oh, three generations. Maybe four. My father worked for Fleet Command, so there was no other career for me. And there was nothing else I wanted to do than to serve the Fleet.

If you weren’t a Space Captain, what would you be? Any unfulfilled childhood dreams?

If I weren't a Captain, I should really be a Colonel! I mean, the number of years I've served the Fleet... but hey, life in wartime, right? Sometimes things don't work out.

I like tinkering with electronics - that's another family trait, I think. I swear I know more about quickspace drives than some of the engineers I've commanded in the past. So if I wasn't a frontline officer, maybe I'd be in a technical department.

And if I didn't enter the Fleet at all? Huh. Maybe I'd be a writer...

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

That the Spiders didn't exist and that we're weren't at war. War is a terrible thing.

If you could meet any one person, real or fictitious, who would it be and why?

General George Washington. I sure could learn a thing or two from him.

What's the most terrifying thing you've ever seen?

I've seen a lot of things. Like I said, war is a terrible thing. I've seen Spiders swarm over an entire planet, so many of them that that's all you can see, and when they're gone there's nothing left but a smoking husk. I've seen entire worlds eaten. That's why I serve the Fleet, because if we don't fight them, then there will be nothing left. Nothing left at all.

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