Interviews and Media

Interviews/Guest Blogs

Guest post on the Analog blog concerning the composition of “An Incident on Ishtar”

Interview by Steven R. Southard of Poseidon’s Scribe on “Enchantment Lost”

Interview on Fantasy & Science Fiction on “A Thousand Deaths Through Flesh and Stone”

Interview on Fantasy & Science Fiction on “Last of the Sharkspeakers”

Interview with Third Flatiron on “The JPEG of Dorian Gray”

Reviews

From TangentOnline:

‘Shadows and Shore Leave’ by Brian Trent is a delightful tale about cloning and family dynamics, helped along with Trent’s witty and charming prose style and knack for dialogue… the reader will be left with a sense of ennui for the state of politics and its ability to rip up families. Fiction that makes the reader contemplate the state of the world is doing its job right, as it can expand our thinking.”

“‘Through the Eons Darkly’” is a dark time travel story, where Beatriz de Legarda is part of a project to travel back in time by entering the heads of people in the past… Brian Trent juggles several subplots along with the main one, plus some first-class characterization. The result is the type of chilling surprise that is a hallmark of all good science fiction.”

“A man sneaks into the land of the gods and steals a set of magic scrolls in Brian Trent’s fantasy story ‘The Scholar and the Books of Thoth.’ Djet, having been skillfully killed and revived by his slave Keket, comes back from the dead with tomes of ancient magic and skills, and promptly begins using his new magic to clear a path for himself to power and prestige… an interesting take on the Egyptian afterlife and a rather fun tale of divine justice.”

I, Arachnobot’ by Brian Trent tells the struggle of a robotic spider attempting to protect an old woman in a nursing home while under the compulsion of Asimov’s laws of robotics. The arachnobot’s wide interpretation of his conflicting programming is an entertaining logic puzzle that drives the plot while giving the arachnobot personality… a delightful tribute to Asimov.”

“Brian Trent leads off with ‘A Thousand Deaths Through Flesh and Stone’, a grim tale of revenge or justice, depending on one’s point of view… a fast-paced thriller with a level of violence which some readers may find disturbing.”

On “The JPEG of Dorian Gray”: “This story combines the classic gothic tale of Dorian Gray with the immortality of things posted on the internet, to great and humorous effect… The humor is well-paced, the prose flows between present and flashbacks easily, and the story overall is a well-crafted piece of dark humor and fantasy.”

‘Galleon’” by Brian Trent is an engaging story about what can happen to an AI over the millennia after interacting with countless humans, and then if left with too much time on its hands. The author provides more than a few twists and turns, making the ending a pleasant surprise.”

 

FantasyLiterature.com

‘Steel Dragons of a Luminous Sky’” by Brian Trent transported me back to the 1940s and ’50s and books like Doc Savage, Man of Bronze. Li Yan is an agent of China’s super-secret Luminous Sky, an organization dedicated to protecting the nation, which is currently torn by civil war and facing an external threat as Japan, with its giant robots, attacks its borders. Li has plenty of fancy gadgets himself, and when he and his American pilot buddy, Eva (a Flying Tiger), discover a secretive Chinese girl named Xin in the aftermath of a battle, the three of them decide to take on Japan’s flying fortress, Castle Tengu, and destroy the transmitter that controls the robots. Eva is a tough, wise-cracking sidekick and mysterious Xin is no slouch herself. The story is all action, vivid, colorful descriptions, reversals, lies, fun gizmos… and did I mention action? It’s a gallop of a story.”

‘Distant Gates of Eden Gleam’” by Brian Trent features James Porlock as a man new to an unusual job. He is to do whatever his boss, Lothian, tells him to do, using as references the Handbook for the New Illuminary, An Atlas of the World’s Fourteen Continents, and a thesaurus… ultimately, Porlock makes some controversial decisions about how to do his job, which is where everything we’ve been told comes together in a climax that had me grinning ear to ear. There’s some very fine plotting going on here, with all the clues we need to figure out what Porlock is going to do scattered throughout.”

 

Kirkus Reviews:

On Time Travel Short Stories anthology: “Revel to Brian Trent’s ‘Omnipunks,’ a whip-smart mashup of cyberpunk, steampunk and alien invasion (and, yes, time travel).”