Well known science fiction writer now writing from Berlin

Atkinson, who is retired, has been busy bringing their Maple Street home back to life after years of neglect and damage by past tenants.
The two had been living in an apartment in Milford, in fact in the house that N.H. Chronicle host Fritz Wetherbee grew up in. They weren't sure they would be able to afford a house there, but on a trip north one day they discovered Berlin and the beauty of the area and were smitten.
"Bruce is retired and as a writer I can live anywhere," Norris said.
Although not a Berlin native, he is a New Hampshire native, having grown up in Windham. It was there that he began to write scripts for fun for one of his favorite TV shows, "Space 1999." One summer, when he was 15, at loose ends because his friends had all gone away to camp, he started writing about them being away and before he knew it, he had written a novel. The first day it was finished, he started another.
That was also the summer of "Xanadu," a movie with Olivia Newton John. By the end of the summer, and from that time forward, Norris said he knew he never wanted to be anything but a writer. He has named his Maple Street home "Xanadu."
While still in high school, his family moved to Salem and while at Salem High School, he got a detention for writing in class. He asked his mother to let him quit school, she agreed, and he kept writing. Ironically, ten years later, Salem High School hired him to come in and talk about writing to students.
Eventually he had an opportunity to write for a science fiction magazine and he parlayed that into meeting the cast of Star Trek Voyager, including Jeri Taylor, creator and executive producer of the show. Taylor recommended him for a pitching internship with Paramount Studios. He said he must have pitched 150 story ideas. They finally took one, then a second.
Norris wrote two episodes for Star Trek Voyager, including, "Counterpoint", which star Kate Mulgrew, who played the captain, has said was her favorite. Norris has stayed in touch with her and she has written a blurb for his book "The Fierce and Unforgiving Muse."
It states "in my experience of seven years on Voyager, I do not believe I have encountered a writer for whom I have greater respect in terms of intelligence, understanding and talent. There is no one more capable to pen such a volume as Muse and, also, to do it so beautifully."
The fact that Norris was well known among television stars of science fiction shows of the time is evident from the pictures and handwritten autographs on the wall of his studio. They included not only Kate Mulgrew, but William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy of the original Star Trek and Levar Burton of Star Trek the Next Generation, as well as many, many others.
He said the stars he's interviewed for various article include Shatner, Nimoy and the entire cast of "Lost in Space."
"After awhile I found I really missed New Hampshire and I wanted the freedom to write what I wanted," he said. "TV writing is really by committee."
And so he moved back, but with the advent of the computer and email, a writer can really live anywhere, and distance hasn't been a factor in the amount of writing he has done.
So far in his career, he has written 15 novels, numerous novellas, an estimated 3,500 feature articles and produced two television episodes for Star Trek Voyager.
Among his most recent work, just to mention a few, are the following:
He is working on "13 Creature Features," a collection of novellas and short stories that he hopes to have ready for the local writers' festival in September.
He has just sold a flash fiction work, "Shrunken Heads: 20 tiny tales of mystery and terror" that will also be out by the September writers' festival.
He wrote "The Q Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which is a guidebook to the television show.
He has a story in the published "Ghosts in Gaslights, Monsters in Steam," an anthology.
Norris said he has 140 original ideas, still unwritten, filed away in a large file cabinet in his office.
"They scream at me in the night," he said.
Another drawer has notebooks full of handwritten scripts and manuscripts. Although he has a computer and uses it, Norris said he often likes to write longhand.
Yet another drawer has notebooks with stories started and stalled "but not forgotten."
Most of his work has been in the science fiction and paranormal genres, but Norris is branching out.
"I used to say I hate westerns, but then I wrote one," he said.
He is not done with television either. He is scheduled to travel to Montreal to talk with a group about writing episodes for the continuation of a popular science fiction show from the 1970's they are hoping to bring back. He said he couldn't say more than that because he has signed a non-disclosure agreement.
As excited as Norris and Atkinson were to come to the area and to own their own home, there were some misgivings about leaving the Nashua Writer's Group, their friends and family there.
But Norris said he found out before he left that there was a writers' group here and after being here only a couple of days he was at their meeting in the kitchen of the Brown Company House. Some writers there decided they wanted to meet more often than once a month and the weekly writers' group started.
Since then he has had a gathering at the new house and writer friends from southern New Hampshire came up and met with writers here. Friendships have developed between the two groups.
"We really love it here," he said. "There are some really solid writers here. I've met some incredibly talented people."
"I used to think of myself as an island, but I'm really not. I'm a peninsula, I need that connection," he said.
Since being here, Norris said he's sold a book, 20 short stories, a novella and been hired to do TV work.
"My muse is feeling very generous," he said. "In a very short time, we've created this, and it's better than we had before."