Hi, I’m Brian Knack. I use the more formal “Brian L. Knack” on my stories and books. I’ve been reading and writing science fiction since I can remember. I wrote, or should I say drew, my first story when I was 10. I would create these sci-fi stories in my head and then would draw them out on paper. God only knows how much loose-leaf, graph and construction paper I went through. My teachers all thought I was lazy and a dreamer – they were half right. I actually wrote my first story when my 10th grade English teacher, Mr. Grossman, had us read Animal farm and then asked us to write a short story continuation of it. I think it was only a thousand words or so but I still remember that it really sparked writing in me.
I have always loved to read science fiction. When I was a kid, my favorites were stories about space travel, exploration, and colonization. Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, and Rendezvous with Rama were just a few of the books I was able to get my hands on in the school library. Being a huge fan of superhero comics, Omni and Popular Science, I yearned to explore the universe. I would crawl out of my bedroom window onto the tin roof of the ole-kitchen (not an easy task and somewhat dangerous) or go out and lay on the chicken coop roof at night and look up at the stars, and desperately want to visit and explore each of them.
We don’t have starships yet.
However, in reading these stories, and now in writing them, I’ve got the chance to explore such strange new worlds that even Captain Picard and the all powerful “Q” couldn’t possibly imagine.
Now, I’m returning to the childhood dreamer that I abandoned so long ago. To Ranger One and the Odyssey of Buck Rogers, The Palomino and Cygnus of The Black Hole and The United Planets Cruiser C-57D from Forbidden Planet. To Arrakis and Shai-Hulud, The Jupiter II and the Robinsons, and the infinite dreams of my youth and beyond!
I have several story ideas running through my head and can’t wait to share them with you. I’ve also begun writing a sci-fi adventure of exploration and colonization called The Legacy Series.
If you have any topics or questions you wish me to address, please drop me a line here.
I was born November 2, 1972. The first eighteen years of my life were spent growing up on a farm in White Sulphur Springs, NY. Cows and chickens and pigs, oh my!
The next 20 years of my life were spent searching for love and my identity. It’s a story that had me moving to different states several times and getting involved with the wrong people. It was an interesting time to say the least. I was homeless more than once. I’ll have to write a book about it one day.
In April of 2010 I married my wonderful bride, Veronica (follow her on Twitter and check out her blog, Knack Notions and her business JewelScent by Lady V – A Jewel in every scent!) and what an adventure that has been! I could not ask for a better friend and wife.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, cooking, fishing, hunting, and gardening.