I was rereading Vessel last night and it occurred to me that although how we approach a writing subject makes it original, there are tons of influences that factor into what we write.
Me, I am a History Buff and an Old Movies and Radio Programs Buff. Especially the Old Whodunit movies that were made from the detective stories. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler are two of my favorite non-SF authors. As I read Vessel, I felt the way I used to when I watched reruns of Humphrey Bogart movies and listened to the old Sam Spade recordings.
Was I channeling those guys when I wrote Vessel? Probably not intentionally and there’s no direct indication of their work in Vessel by any means. But the feeling I got from reading it after not for so long was incredible to me. And I wrote it, so what does that tell you?
Anyway, back to working on Parallax. It’s a shame that books don’t write themselves, eh? 😉