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Exclusive Interview: “The Headmasters” Author Mark Morton

 

Science fiction has often explored the subjects of slavery and servitude, and in unique ways.

In Mark Morton’s new novel The Headmasters (paperback, Kindle), some people have survived an apocalypse…only to find themselves enslaved by creatures who not only control their bodies, but their memories as well.

In the following email interview, Morton discusses what inspired and influenced this dystopian sci-fi story.

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Exclusive Interview: “Flight & Anchor” Author Nicole Kornher-Stace

 

You know you’re onto something when you inject realistic aspects into your science fiction novel, and people complain that it hit, “too close to home.” Which is what happened to author Nicole Kornher-Stace when people got a hold of their dystopian sci-fi novel Firebreak. Which raises the question: What existential horrors await readers in the follow-up, Flight & Anchor (paperback, Kindle). You’ll just have to read the following email interview about it (or, well, the book itself) to find out.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Marigold” Author Andrew F. Sullivan

 

Thanks to the massive popularity of The Last Of Us on HBO, it seems like mold is everywhere. But in the following email interview about his body horror, urban dystopia, and eco fiction novel The Marigold (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), in which a sentient mold is ruining Toronto, writer Andrew F. Sullivan explains why his story owes nothing to the video games that inspired HBO’s big hit.

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Exclusive Interview: “Moths” Author Jane Hennigan

 

Usually, the only time we think a moth is dangerous is when we buy a new sweater. Or we have that dream in which we’re Godzilla. But in Jane Hennigan’s self-published 2021 dystopian post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel Moths, moths aren’t just a threat to comfy clothing and giant lizards, they’re a threat to men everywhere. With a new and slightly reworked version of Moths being released in paperback, Kindle, audiobook, I spoke with Hennigan about what originally inspired and influenced this novel, as well as her plans to continue this story.

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Exclusive Interview: “Hel’s Eight” Author Stark Holborn

 

Guilt can be a heavy burden. It’s something the character Ten had to deal with in Stark Holborn’s 2021 science fiction space opera Western Ten Low, and something she’s still dealing with in the dystopian sci-fi sequel, Hel’s Eight (paperback, Kindle). And in the following email interview, Holborn has to deal with the burden of my questions about influences and inspiration and connection.

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Exclusive Interview: “Seeds For The Swarm” Author Sim Kern

 

Like a lot of people (but not nearly enough) writer Sim Kern is worried about our planet’s climate. And like a lot of people who are teachers (but not nearly enough of other people) Kern is trying to effect meaningful change by educating their students about this issue. Though they’re doing it not just through lectures and dioramas, but with Seeds For The Swam (paperback, Kindle), a young adult cli-fi sci-fi novel they hope students of all ages will find enlightening and entertaining.

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Exclusive Interview: “Burrowed” Author Mary Baader Kaley

 

Any new novel written about a plague or pandemic will inevitably be assumed to be about Covid. But in the following email interview about her post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi novel Borrowed (paperback, Kindle), Kaley notes that hers was actually inspired by previous pandemics.

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Exclusive Interview: “A Single Light” Author Tosca Lee

 

Don’t you just hate it when you get tossed out of your doomsday cult only to have doomsday happen a few days later? We’ve all been there. And by “we,” I mean Wynter Roth, the main character of writer Tosca Lee’s medical thriller The Line Between. Sadly, Wynter’s life isn’t getting any better in the sequel, the dystopian, post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel A Single Light (paperback, Kindle, audiobook) that’s also the final book of this duology. In the following email interview, Lee discusses what inspired and influenced this second (not entirely implausible) installment.

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Exclusive Interview: “Death Fugue” Author Sheng Keyi

 

Like such protests as the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the violence inflicted during the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 continues to resonate, often in rather interesting ways. Which brings me to Sheng Keyi’s 2013 dystopian novel Death Fugue (paperback, Kindle), which is finally available in American bookstores in a new translation. In the following email interview, Keyi discusses how the Tiananmen Square event, and other things, inspired and influenced this story.