Born just in time to ruin Christmas, David Colby (23) has wanted to be a writer ever since he was first given pencil and paper. Despite a huge learning curve, David began reading voraciously once he got the hang of it. After devouring several books a week (usually in class, much to the annoyance of his teachers), David would go on to fiddle with his parents type-writer, or – when it became available – his primitive computer. But still, he had not managed to actually finish a novel or even a short story until one fateful day, in mid 2002, when he decided to post the beginning of one of his stories on the internet.
Initial feedback was positive. This may have been due to David’s innate talents or (much more likely) the fact that David named the characters in his story after members of the online community he belonged to. Positive feedback and clamoring for new posts brought David inexorably towards the end of his first novel. Thirteen finished works later and David finally had a book worthy of the title: Debris Dreams. Drawing on his mostly useless knowledge of complex equations, Chinese culture, and trending technology, David wrote the novel to portray a future that he felt was “moderately realistic.”
Debris Dreams, while being about the future, has its ideas firmly rooted in the here and now. The growth of long distance relationships and their effect on daily life. A society that is becoming both increasingly globalized and multicultural…and yet also increasingly radicalized and polarized. And, finally, the timeless and seemingly endless horror of war and the impact it has on those caught in the gears of geopolitics.
Heavily influenced by George Romero movies and bad, poorly dubbed anime, David Colby decided to start writing almost twelve years ago. It went poorly. But despite these early setbacks, David continued to work and write and send out submissions until someone was mad enough to accept him. Currently living in Rohnert Park, California, while working on his Bachelor of Arts in English, David continues to be fascinated by George Romero movies and has finally realized that animes have subtitles.