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Exclusive Interview: “Ghost Station” Author S.A. Barnes

 

In space-based science fiction stories, the main character is usually the leader; like, say, the captain of the ship. The commander of the military. It’s one of many reasons why Alien was such a revelation when it came out in 1979; its main character was an officer, just not the one in charge.

It’s something author S.A. Barnes is doing as well in her psychological space horror novel Ghost Station (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), in which the main character is not the one leading an expedition, she’s a psychologist in the crew.

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

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Exclusive Interview: “Mal Goes To War” Author Edward Ashton

 

When we think of artificial intelligence, we usually expect it to be, well, intelligent.

But in his new “sci-fi that’s a bit cyberpunky” novel Mal Goes To War (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), writer Edward Ashton gives us an AI who, well, let’s just say he’s perfectly capable of making bad decisions.

In the following email interview about Mal, Ashton talks intelligently about what inspired and influenced this smart story.

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Exclusive Interview: “Disquiet Gods” Author Christopher Ruocchio

 

The English poet Geoffrey Chaucer once said something to the effect of “all good things must end.” And while the exact wording of what he said has been lost to time, it doesn’t make the sentiment any less true.

Which brings me to Disquiet Gods (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook) the sixth and penultimate novel in Christopher Ruocchio’s Sun Eater series.

Though as Ruocchio explains in the following email interview, Disquiet Gods isn’t actually as close to the end of this epic science fiction space fantasy series as you might think from a penultimate entry.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Heartbeat Of The Universe” Editor Emily Hockaday

 

For more than 20 years, senior managing editor Emily Hockaday has overseen the poetry sections of the iconic science fiction and fantasy magazines Analog Science Fiction And Fact and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.

Well, now she has a new (ish) role: editing the new anthology The Heartbeat Of The Universe: Poems From Asimov’s Science Fiction And Analog Science Fiction And Fact 2012–2022 (paperback, Kindle).

In the following email interview, Hockaday discusses how she decided which of the poems published on her watch to include (and which not to include), what forms they take, and why none of them start with the line, “Oh 3PO, oh 3PO, wherefore art though, 3PO?”

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Exclusive Interview: “Cascade Failure” Author L.M. Sagas

 

You can’t turn on the news these days without hearing about some company doing something terrible, and getting away with it.

And by “these days” I mean the last fifty years (and maybe more, I’ve only been paying attention for my whole life).

But while there’s corporate malfeasance at play in writer L.M. Sagas’ new sci-fi space opera novel Cascade Failure (paperback, Kindle, audiobook) — which is the first of two in her series, Ambit’s Run — in the following email interview about Failure, she says she’s also “…trying to inject a little, I don’t know, optimism back into it.”

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Exclusive Interview: “The Inhumans And Other Stories” Editor / Translator Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

 

When we think about science fiction, we often think of the future.

But there’s a lot of sci-fi in the past as well. And not all of it as well known as those we think of as the achitects of the form: Asimov, Wells, Verne, Clarke, and so on.

MIT Press’ Radium Age series is now exploring that past by publishing what they call “proto–science fiction stories from the underappreciated era between 1900 and 1935.”

In the newest installment, The Inhumans And Other Stories: A Selection of Bengali Science Fiction (paperback, Kindle), we get to appreciate the era courtesy of Hemendra Kumar Roy’s titular 1935 novella, as well as through three short stories by Jagadananda Ray (from 1895), Nanigopal Majumdar (1931), and Manoranjan Bhattacharya (also 1931).

In the following email interview, The Inhumans And Other Stories editor / translator Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay — an Associate Professor in Global Culture Studies at the University of Oslo, and the producer of Kalpavigyan: A Speculative Journey, a documentary on Indian science fiction — talks about how this collection came together, as well as the significance of these stories.

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Exclusive Interview: “Toxxic” Author Jane Hennigan

 

In 2021, writer Jane Hennigan caused quite a stir with her self-published dystopian post-apocalyptic science fiction mystery novel Moths, which was later picked up by Angry Robot.

Now she has a companion novel in Toxxic (paperback, Kindle), which further explores a world in which good men are in short supply.

In the following email interview, Hennigan discusses how these two books work together, as well as what inspired and influenced this second installment.

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Exclusive Interview: “Interstellar Medic: The Long Run” Author Patrick Chiles

 

Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching a lot of that show 9-1-1 lately, but I find myself appreciating EMTs even more than usual…and I’ve always appreciated them a lot.

It’s also why I’m excited for Patrick Chile’s medicinal science fiction space opera novel Interstellar Medic: The Long Run (paperback, Kindle, audiobook), in which an EMT becomes an E.T. EMT.

In the following email interview, Chiles discusses what gave him the idea for this story, as well as his plans for a companion novel…and maybe more.

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Exclusive Interview: “RJ The Astronaut” Author Jon Turney

 

In his science fiction novel RJ The Astronaut (paperback, Kindle), writer Jon Turney has a stranded astronaut having a conversation with what may or may not be God.

But as Turney says in the following email interview, RJ The Astronaut is not a faith-based sci-fi story, but a sci-fi story about faith…and why that’s a distinction with a difference.