We loved under a star ocean.
Stephen Soliz has been a writer for two decades now. Ever since he began his immersion in the furry fandom, he has sought ways to elevate the genre of anthro fiction. As evidenced in the above six-word story, Stephen has a soft spot for the romantic and loves to see excellent stories of love with compassionate character interaction.
Stephen has several interests which he mixes with anthro fiction in an attempt to discover new avenues of self-expression:
A born-again Christian, Stephen places great importance on his faith in his life. In his stories, he searches for ways to have his characters initiate deep discussion on the harder theological questions where no one side poses any easy answers.
Stephen is a fierce activist for equal rights and serves as a moderator for the Christian Furry LGBT community Rainbow Ark. He seeks to find ways to help bring understanding between the three aforementioned focus points of the community through love and fellowship.
Stephen is a feminist who seeks to implement gender-awareness throughout his works at every possible opportunity. Many of his stories, though not outwardly activist in nature, seek to use subtle shifts in gender expectations to create unique scenarios where men, women and intersex defy stereotypes and live in a world where they exist free from the constraints of current sociological understanding.
Stephen has been studying surrealism ever since he learned about the surrealist movement while studying art history in college. The surrealist novel Soluble Fish by Andre Breton is a strong influence of Stephen as he strives to create a dreamlike atmosphere in his writing where ambiguous meaning gives room for personalized reader interpretation.
SF has been an excellent avenue for anthropomorphic exploration in ways which may be possible in our futures. Stephen has had many SF influences, including Neuromancer by William Gibson, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan. Stephen highly recommends Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia by John Clute for writers wishing to study the beginnings of SF up to 1995.
Similar to Surrealism, writers like Haruki Murakami in Kafka on the Shore use Magical Realism to create a realistic story with just enough hints of strangeness to push them onto the edge of the fantastic. Stephen acknowledges many influences from Murakami in his work as he attempts to make his anthro fiction balance the fine line between reality and fantasy.
Most Recent Bibliography
Recently, Stephen’s post-apocalyptic story “Chariot” has appeared in print within the human/furry anthology entitled Different Worlds, Different Skins: Vol. 2. The events take place in Fort Worth and Arlington in a future Texas.
In addition, Stephen’s story “Emergence of the Emissary” has been accepted in the marine conversation anthology For the Oceans and will appear sometime this year. The story takes place in Corpus Christi, TX in the same world as “Chariot.”