February 1, 2011


I hate Wikipedia for most research but for fiction writing, it can be helpful.

Back in Denver (where the majority of my stuff is still at) I have a library of research books. Books about the Crusades, various wars in history, and famous leaders throughout the Middle Ages were always ready for me. But now I have to rely on such intermediaries like Wikipedia and I can’t help but shake the feeling that something is going to go wrong.

I know my readers and they are a very… researching bunch. If I claim something in a book they will go and see if I’m correct. For example, I drew a lot of heat from people because I added a safety to a Glock 9mm handgun. Apparently Glock’s don’t have safeties. Who knew?

Apparently a few people… I’m just glad I had time to catch that before it went to print.

Another question I see coming up is when people ask about the virtual reality device (I called it the “neural interface device”) in today’s use. I’ve received a few questions about the potential of using the devices as I do in the books, primarily in response to PTSD. Here is a video link to what the University of Chicago has been doing recently.

Just FYI… I wrote it in 2006/7, so I didn’t steal this for Corruptor.

But to do all this, I had to read quite a few books and bug even more neurologists (Thank you Furdik!) about what one could and could not do with the brain.

So where do you go for research?

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About Jason Cordova

Born in Orange, California, author Jason Cordova has written books ranging from the fantastical realms of fantasy to the militaristic side of science fiction. His latest should be out soon. Really. You should probably buy it. Check Amazon. Demand it at your local store. Pay for his kitten kibble.

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