Benjamin Boekweg

Science Fiction Author

Benjamin was born a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…okay, maybe not. But you’ve got to admit that it would make a far more interesting introduction.

     And although he wasn’t born on Corescant, Vulcan, or Kobal, he grew up in Provo, Utah, USA (Earth).
     From an early age, he loved to tell stories—the wilder, more far-fetched, the better. Benjamin’s background in computer technology was instilled by watching late night re-run episodes of the original Star Trek, and the 1970’s Battlestar Galactica.
     He met his wife at church and somehow convinced her to marry him. They have two amazing children who, like their mother, thoroughly enjoy reading.
     Benjamin began writing novels because all the books he was reading never really turned out the way he wanted them to. He love to write and continues to experiment in different genres. He enjoyes learning and honing his writing craft. The highlight of his year is when his wife reads his new manuscript.
     In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys oil painting with the family, fishing, camping, hiking, and cooking restaurant style food. He also enjoys introducing his children to Star Wars and Star Trek as well as playing board games with them.

Some men see things as they are, and say why. I dream of things that never were, and say why not.

Robert Kennedy

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    • Clean Language

      When it comes to writing, a common piece of advice I've run into is to be "authentic". Stephen King called it "telling the truth", which in my humble opinion is just a euphemism for "use profanity". Well I disagree. It is so disappointing to have to put down a really good book because I can't take all the swear words that keep popping up from the page. Can one be "authentic" and clean? Why not? This is science fiction and fantasy; I can make up whatever words the characters use for "harsh language" and it doesn't have to offend me or my readers.

    • Out of this world

      Buckle up; there's no Walmart where we're headed... My stories reside far outside the realm of normal modern life. They don't explore what we know, but what could be out there; let that be a fantasy world or the outer reaches of the stars.

    • Humor

      The best stories are the ones that can send your emotions on a roller coaster and provide some humor as well. One of my favorite examples is the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. With a murderous man bent on revenge after Kirk and intense ship combat, the story still found room for little golden nuggets like this one: McCoy "Where are we going?", Kirk "Where they went.", McCoy "Well, suppose they went nowhere?", Kirk "Then, this will be your big chance to get away from it all."