Derek Silver was born in Ontario Canada at the forefront of the disco revolution, which may explain his affinity for v-necks and velour. As adolescence descended, Derek gave up the velour for Vuarnet and firmly took hold of all the 1980s had to offer. He hasn’t let go since.
Derek lives near Toronto, Canada.
At a young age, Derek was introduced to the wonderful world of genre by the local librarian. During one of the librarian’s many visits to Derek’s school, he began to read The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This was Derek’s first taste of the fantastic and he quickly fell in love.
Years later he was introduced to Pawn of Prophecy by a classmate. He quickly devoured The Belgariad and soon found an unsatiable thirst for reading which he has yet to quench. Other notable and influencial books are Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Virtual Light, Idoru, and All Tomorrow’s Parties, all by William Gibson, Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis, Fight Club: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, and Dune by Frank Herbert.
Television and Movies:
Although there are many television shows that Derek enjoyed watching over the years, there are two that he touts as being his favourite: Magnum P.I. and Miami Vice. Few shows have occupied as much of his time as these two classics, and they are still in regular rotation on his television today.
His current favourite television show is Boardwalk Empire.
As for movies, the list of influencial movies is as long and exhaustive as his list of favourite books. Besides some of the classic genre films from the past few decades, such as the original Star Wars trilogy, Willow, Labyrinth, Legend, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Clash of the Titans, Indiana Jones, Alien, Aliens, The Princess Bride, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, there is one film that has consumed him since its release: Blade Runner.
From visuals to soundtrack to character, there is no other single point of cinematic influence to Derek and his writing than the masterpiece of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. This film continues to spin in Derek’s DVD player numerous times per year. In fact, he may be watching it at this very moment.
Roleplaying Games and Videogames:
Roleplaying games were another huge influence in Derek’s plunge into the world of science fiction and fantasy. He fondly remembers finding the original Dungeons & Dragons: Basic Rules Set at a hobby store, and, using money he’d earned picking cucumbers and potatoes for a local farmer, bought the boxed set. Many hours were spent scouring over the D&D rule books, learning all there was to propel his mage into the Magic Missle casting elite. He soon found his passion for running the gaming sessions and never relinguished his title as Dungeon Master. Derek still has a prized set of gaming dice hidden away in his home.
Videogames have also featured prominently in Derek’s hobbies. He has owned most gaming consoles, from the Intellivision to ColecoVision, from the Sega Genesis to the Super NES, and most everything in-between. Currently you can find him on the Xbox 360 under the gamertag DarkFantasist, more than likely tromping through an epic RPG or screaming “Woo, head shot!” at the latest FPS.
If Derek hadn’t become a writer, he sometimes wonders if he would have become a creator of music instead. Ever since those New Wave beats of the ’80s filled his ears he has had a close relationship with music. He listens to most everything, with his favourite genres being, Electronic(a), House, Trance, Techno, Ambient, Gothic Rock, Punk, Industrial, Darkwave, EBM, Synthpop, Grunge, Disco, and, of course, New Wave. Derek also listens to classical and orchestral soundtracks, usually during mad bouts of writing.
All of the above interests naturally led Derek to find his true passion:
And he can’t think of anything better to do.
Derek is currently busy at work on a series of novels.