23 May 2014

Review & Interview: David Bruns & his novel “Irradiance”

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Irradiance_CVR_MED “Irradiance (The Dream Guild Chronicles – Book One)” by David Bruns is a well plotted fascinating futuristic science fiction/ dystopian novel. The Citizens of Sindra have lost control over their lives in a reformation to their society, in exchange for new technology and their safety. 
It is a strict society where parents are matched by outside biological selection and children are brought to their parents from a hatchery. Radiation threatens the people on the surface of the planet and the people communicate predominantly telepathically.
This new world is described with great detail, the author has clearly given all aspects of this world deep thought. The novel is of a similar quality as 1984 or Logan’s Run with its unique and inspired world creation. Therer is logic to the parameters of Sindra, which is probably why the citizens seem to accept the world without much resistance- one of the aspects that make the novel so fascinating.
The book focuses on one family whose twin children are special and who become of particular interest throughout the book. The father is a time bender and the mother a scientistwho is looking for habitable planets. 
Although pairing is not usually chosen by the couple themselves, our protagonists have a bond with each other, which brings the element of humanity against a cold and inhumane society to play.
Bruns has invested a lot in his characters, not just the science fiction or dystopian element of his novel and it pays off. They are engaging and likeable as they make discoveries that change their view of the world.
As you can see, the book has a lot packed into it: Stellar, societal and personal issues to be resolved, in a great, gradual unravelling that culminates in a great final scene that builds the perfect bridge to the next book, when it comes out. 
Excellent science fiction.


Here is an interview with David.
Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person. 

I’m an ex-corporate road warrior who got tired of the grind. In 2013, I took some time between jobs and wrote a novel as a way to stay busy (i.e. not drive my family crazy because I was around the house so much!). The result was The Dream Guild.

I’ll be the first to admit that I stumbled into publishing. With a finished novel in hand, I looked at publishing options from a business perspective and decided the traditional route was not for me. The querying process alone is phenomenally inefficient. I spent 20 years in B2B sales and that is NOT how business operates. I’d rather spend my time writing. The end result was that I self-published The Dream Guild in July 2013.

When it came to the end of my “break” from work, I took a deep breath and decided to make writing a career. I planned out a series called The Dream Guild Chronicles, loosely based on the world I had created in The Dream Guild. Think of it as an origin story to the fictional world I had created.

Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?

I grew up on a small farm with no TV, went to a military university (no TV) and was stationed on a submarine for most of my 20’s (no TV), which is a long way of saying that reading has been my main form of entertainment for most of my life.

I always knew that I would be a writer someday, but there were always other demands on me that were more important than writing. Over the years, I wrote a few short stories and half-finished a couple of novels, but Dream Guild was the first writing project that I committed the time and energy needed to complete a work. Taking a book all the way through the creative process (drafting, editing, polishing, etc.) was a bucket list item for me; publishing was not.

That all changed when I hit the PUBLISH button on Amazon for The Dream Guild. That accomplishment is one of the things I’m most proud of in my life. Is it a great book? No, but it’s the best book I was able to create at that time in my writing journey and it will always occupy a special place in my heart.

Tell us about Irradiance. When did you have the first idea for it? And how did you decide on the characters, plots and title?

The Dream Guild Chronicles series grew out of reviews I received for The Dream Guild. The consistent message from readers was: love your writing, but we want more! Build out the world you’ve created and give me a bigger story.

The world of the Dream Guild in two sentences: Earth has a sister planet, Adelphi, on other side of the universe. The inhabitants of the two worlds are connected by a shared dream space which is guarded by the Dream Guild.

I realized that my first book started in the middle of the series. If I wanted to do it right, I needed to go back to the beginning, and tell the origin story. IRRADIANCE, Book One of The Chronicles starts on the planet of Sindra, a dystopian society of telepaths that has taken networking to whole new level. At the age of 13, everyone is implanted with a crystal in their forehead which allows them to connect with the Community. The crystals are powered by an element known as littrium, a fact which binds the population to their planet. But the planet is also dying, a fact that the government chooses to hide from the Community. One scientist uncovers the truth, and the rest, as they say, is history.

SIGHT, Book Two in the series picks up with the Sindran refugees trying to find a new home. The adults with implanted crystals are beginning to see the effects of being separated from their home world, so they are looking for a new home for the children. SIGHT, which will be released on May 29th, tells the story of Sariah as she tries to fit in with an indigenous clan of hunter-gatherers.

I am writing Book Three now, tentatively titled WARRIOR. It follows Sariah’s brother, Gideon, when he is captured by a tribe of pre-Columbian natives on Earth.

Lastly, I just published a novella called THE COLLECTOR about an internet-age bounty hunter with a collecting obsession. I have available to my newsletter subscribers on my website.

When did you decide to write science fiction? Would you consider writing outside of the genre?

Science fiction-fantasy found me, I would say. It’s just how the story took shape. I read across all genres and love books in any form.

At present, I am planning a 4-book series for The Dream Guild Chronicles, which will all be released this year. On the side, I am working on a military thriller with a friend, who just retired from 20 years in naval intelligence. If we go ahead with the project, I’d want to release it in early 2014.

On the side I am noodling with a “space Navy” concept. Think Horatio Hornblower in the 22nd century.

Did you have it all planned out before you write your stories or do the characters and story surprise you?

I use an outline and allow the story to take me where it wants to go. I’m happy to rewrite the outline as much as needed, but I always force myself to take the narrative all the way to the end.

If you’ve read the book, 2K to 10K, by Rachel Aaron, she makes the point that having an outline allows you to write faster and more consistently—very true.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

A story sitting in a drawer isn’t really a story. It needs to be consumed to come alive and that means you need readers…which means opening yourself up to the opinions of others.

Criticism is a necessary evil. Without it, you can’t get better, but if you take comments personally it can leave an emotional mark. I’m always happy to listen to anyone who has constructive criticism to offer. If it’s not constructive, well, I try to listen to them just as hard.

How do I handle it? I think books are like ice cream. Everybody loves ice cream, but we don’t all like the same flavor.

 Book 2, The Sight, will be out this coming Thursday May 29th, which will be accompanied by a special sale of Irradiance.

Author Bio:

I always knew I’d be a writer—someday.

I grew up on a small farm in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. We didn’t have a TV, so my reading habit gradually grew into a reading obsession. After high school, I was accepted to the United States Naval Academy where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Honors English (That’s not a typo. I’m probably the only English major you’ll ever meet who had to take multiple semesters of calculus, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, naval architecture and weapons systems just so I could get to read some Shakespeare. It was totally worth it.)

I spent six years as a commissioned officer in the nuclear-powered submarine force chasing Russian submarines. Then the Cold War ended and I became a civilian. For the next two decades, I schlepped my way around the globe as an itinerant executive in the high-tech sector, and even did a stint with a Silicon Valley startup.

In 2013, I took a break from corporate life and wrote a book. I enjoyed it so much that I wrote another (better) book, the first in a series. For the writer in me, my “someday” is today.

My wife and I are self-confessed travel junkies. We’re proud of the fact that both our children had to get extra pages in their passports in order to fit all their visa stamps. Together, we’ve visited over two dozen different countries and almost all fifty states, but Minnesota is home.


Website:                http://davidbruns.com/

Email:                     david@davidbruns.com

Facebook:             https://www.facebook.com/davidbrunswriter

Twitter:                  https://twitter.com/brunsdavid

Goodreads:           https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7184882.David_Bruns


Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles – Book One, available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00IRG97SK

The origin story of the Dream Guild starts on the planet Sindra in a dystopian society called the Community, living on borrowed time. Then one brave scientist learns the truth and decides to take matters into her own hands. Available on Amazon at

Sight: The Dream Guild Chronicles – Book Two, to be published May 29, 2014

A refugee of Sindra tries to make a new life among a clan of superstitious hunter-gatherers by offering them the ability to dream. Available on Amazon on May 29, 2014

The Dream Guild, available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00E18A54I

A sci-fi/fantasy adventure story about two friends caught in a cross-galaxy battle complete with superpowers, inter-dimensional space travel and dreams, lots of dreams.

The Collector: A Short Story, available on my website: http://davidbruns.com/

An Internet-age bounty hunter gets more than he bargained for when he starts a personal collection of trophies.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

One Response to “Review & Interview: David Bruns & his novel “Irradiance””

  1. REVIEW: “Sight: The Dream Guild Chronicles – Book Two” by David Bruns | writerchristophfischer says:

    […] Here is a link to an interview with David and a review of Irradiance  […]


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