A: I actually dabbled a bit in Science-Fiction as a kid, but I never went far with it until I was in my late teens. It was then that I began to run a game of Dungeons and Dragons. From there it just went crazy. I began creating my own fantasy setting to play in, which even led to the writing of some short fiction pieces.
Before long I began thinking about what sort of a Science-Fiction setting I might be able to create for a Role-Playing game. This grew primarily out of some thoughts I had about cliches in Science-Fiction, but evolved into an ever more complex fictional universe. Being the ever stubborn guy I am, I at first insisted, to myself and others, that this would not go beyond a Role-Playing setting, but I think we all knew that wouldn't last. While watching a favorite movie, I had an idea for my Sci-Fi setting, crammed
onto a single sheet of paper, and then within the month it had grown into a rough outline for a novel. From there I found there were more and more ideas I wanted to explore and share.
And the rest, as they say, is psychohistory.