The Best Russian Books in English

Forget War and Peace: this blog offers reviews of fun and interesting Russian books in English, links to their Amazon pages, interviews with new and upcoming Russian authors, with the emphasis on Russian genre fiction: LitRPG, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, mystery and other popular reads.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

An interview with the bestselling LitRPG author Gary Cooper!

Hi all,

I'm very pleased to present the interview I took a few days ago from one of the best LitRPG authors Gary Cooper. Gary isn't Russian of course, but seeing as this blog begins to take a distinctive LitRPG leaning, we can't ignore the international exchange of ideas and inspiration between the leading authors in this genre.

Gary did this interview for Magic Dome Books, a publishing house specializing in Russian genre fiction in translation, who now sport the interview in their brand-new blog. Read what Gary has to say about his upcoming Omegaverse books, his opinion of computer games and his plans for the future!

 MDB: Why gaming? What prompted you to dream up a virtual world?

GC: It's been one of my jobs for the past twenty years. I started work at one of the pioneers in online gaming, Kesmai Studios, in 1995 because I was so involved in the "virtual" worlds of the era and knew deep down that it was the beginning of something big. My career almost since college has been in developing online gaming. Sometime around the year 2000 I began designing my "dream" game - that game is very much like the game described in the first three volumes of the Omegaverse series. (Click to keep reading)

Gary has also shared the cover for his latest Omegaverse book on the LitRPG Facebook page.

More interviews will be coming soon, notably with the bestselling Russian LitRPG authors Vasily Mahanenko and Alexey Osadchuk. If you have a particular LitRPG author in mind you'd like to see interviewed, drop me a line.