Which author is your biggest inspiration?
Over the years I’ve been inspired by many authors. In my early high school days my biggest inspiration was Anatole France, and, after I started reading SF, Ursula K. Le Guin. Later it was Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, among many others. Currently I’m hooked on George R.R. Martin.
What’s your favorite science fiction short story, book, movie?
That’s another very hard one. I’ll just try to pick one of each, otherwise I’ll have to write an essay. So, here goes: Sentry (by Fredric Brown), The Left Hand of Darkness (by Ursula K. LeGuin), Inception (by Christopher Nolan).
What advantages do you think flash fiction has to offer you as a writer?
I wasn’t keen on writing flash at first, but it grew on me and now I’ve become attuned to it. Also, it seems that many people love reading flash these days, so it’s good to write it.
Do you think science fiction lends itself well to flash compared to other speculative genres?
I think science fiction was made for flash, and flash was made for science fiction. Really, it’s a perfect match.
What are your greatest challenges with writing flash and micro fiction?
I’m probably supposed to say that the challenge is to write a complete story, with beginning, middle and end, in so few words. The truth is that my flash and micros are far more successful than my longer stories. It seems that the longer the story the harder it is for me to remain on focus. Maybe it has something to do with me not being a native English speaker; the shorter the story, the easier to polish. Anyway, that’s something I’ll have to work out sooner or later, if I want to break into novels.
Is your favorite genre to write in sci-fi?
I love reading fantasy, especially huge multi-volume series. I’d love to write something like that, some day. But for the moment I write short stories, and they are mostly SF.
Where can readers find your other work and which story are you the most proud of?
I’ve been published in more than fifty magazines and anthologies now, including Galaxy’s Edge, Daily Science Fiction, Factor Four, Nature, Grievous Angel, The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF and Best Vegan SFF. More proud — of the ones that have been published, I suppose. Hard to say, as I love them all. I’m very fond of “Memoirs of a One-Time Dragon Slayer’s Apprentice”, in Factor Four Issue 1.
Are there any links you’d like to share where readers can follow you?
My blog’s at https://georgenikolopoulos.wordpress.com, Facebook’s https://www.facebook.com/nikolop, and Twitter is @g_nikolop. Also, my Amazon page is https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B015EU2R9M and my Goodreads page is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9860563.George_Nikolopoulos