In science fiction, communication between alien races often comes courtesy of a universal translator, which instantly converts one person’s language into another’s. But what if communication has certain unintended consequences…like, say, getting the recipient drunk? Handy for parties; a problem for work. But in writer Eddie Robson’s science fiction mystery novel Drunk On All Your Strange New Words (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), getting hammered on language isn’t the biggest problem for Lydia, the cultural attaché for an alien diplomat. In the following email interview, Robson explains what inspired and influenced this sci-fi story.