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· Was a Time When

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· Memphis 7.9

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· Chapter 1: Hooked

· Achafalaya 1, New Orleans 0

· Out-Take: Survival On The Side Of A Mountain

· Another Arkansas Earthquake

· That Arkansas Earthquake, Don't Worry About It, Right?

· Lessons From The Tsunami, Is The USA Missing Out?

· Penny’s 7.9 Scenario Novels Teach Earthquake Reality Through Fiction

· NBC’s Mini-Series “10.5”, Good, Bad, and Ugly

· Sam Penny’s Reality Fiction Series Describes New Madrid Earthquake Dangers

· Broken River Receives Honorable Mention in Darrell Awards

· New Image for The 7.9 Scenario Website

· Broken River Available September 27

· Memphis 7.9 Available at Jonesboro Hastings Bookstore

· Memphis 7.9 receives Honorable Mention in Darrell Award competition for Best Science Fiction novel

· Memphis 7.9 finalist for Darrell Award at MidSouthCon 22 in Memphis

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Interview on "Curious Mind"

5/25/2004 6:51:00 AM

by Sam Penny

Sam Penny Interviewed on Internet Radio
Tells “Curious Mind” of His Research for Memphis 7.9
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Sam Penny, author and lecturer, announced today that his interview with Do-It-Yourself-Author host Jana Oliver can be heard on the Curious Mind Internet Radio Show on the Leisure Talk Radio Network for the next two weeks, from May 24 through June 6.

The lively hour-long discussion between Jana and Sam airs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the day, starting at 12, 4, and 8 a.m. and p.m. Eastern Time. They talk about why Penny wrote his novel Memphis 7.9, what are the real risks to the central United States of a catastrophic earthquake, and his self-publishing experiences in bringing his work to the public.

The pair met in Memphis at MidSouthCon 22 in March, 2004, when they appeared on the same Self-Publishing panel. Penny also participated in another panel entitled “The Cassandra Effect,” a discussion of the success of science fiction in predicting the future and the reading public’s response to such predictions. Memphis 7.9 won Honorable Mention for Best Science Fiction novel in the 2004 Darrell Awards at that conference.

Jana Oliver is a self-published author with three books to her credit. She also hosts her own Do-It-Yourself-Author show and the Curious Mind show.

Oliver says, “I admit, I have a particular fondness for authors who tread their own path. Whether they're self-published or electronically published, they've taken a brave step forward into the literary world. It's scary out on that limb and so that's why the DIY Author Show exists. It's my desire to showcase new writing talent, hear the real story of how those books came to fruition and salute those who've had the faith to do it themselves.”

Penny self-published his first novel, Memphis 7.9, in 2003. His story focuses on how some citizens of Memphis have prepared for a major earthquake on the New Madrid Fault Zone, just 45 miles west, and what happens to the Mississippi River valley during the first six hours immediately following a great earthquake of magnitude 7.9. A series of three major earthquakes of even greater magnitude tore apart the same region in 1811 and 1812.

Penny says, “My intent was to use the best scientific and engineering analysis available to determine exactly what the effects of a great earthquake will be, and then tell a first-class story that illustrates those effects while entertaining my reading audience. I call the result Reality Fiction.”

The Leisure Talk Radio Network, “Recess for Grownups,” is found on the Internet at To listen to the interview, the listener needs a computer with speakers and some form of audio software such as RealAudio/WinAmp or Windows Media. These are available for free download at the Leisure Talk website.

Memphis 7.9 is Book 1 of a four-part project, The 7.9 Scenario, which tells of effects on the central United States cities, lands, and rivers and attempts of the United States to recover from the worst disaster that ever struck this land. More information about his project is found on the Internet at His next book, Broken River, is scheduled for publication in late summer.

Jana Oliver’s website at provides links to her past interviews and upcoming schedule.



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