Category Archives: Interviews

Silly Interview with Naomi Rubin and her brigade of robot, synthetic, and AI characters

Rachel Swirsky: You lived in Japan for a while, doing things including translation and a television show. What’s the most glamorous story you have? Naomi Rubin: I guess I tend to compartmentalize glamour as something other people seek and not … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with Brooke Bolander, who will teach you the guiding principle “What Would David Bowie Wear”

    Rachel Swirsky: Frankly, your fashion is amazing. I would be happy to listen to you talk about it in whatever way you want. If you’d like some prompting – what’s the basis of your aesthetic? How do you … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with Aliette de Bodard, Expert on Lovecraftian House Plants

Rachel Swirsky: What is the best part of living in Paris? Aliette de Bodard: The bread. Or possibly the éclairs. I have a weakness for coffee éclairs, and they’re just not the same abroad (I’ve tried!). RS: What is the … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with S. L. Huang, Spectacular Specimen of Superhumanity

Rachel Swirsky: When you were at MIT, did you take any writing classes? What was it like studying writing in that environment?  SL Huang: I did not!  Which is kind of strange given that MIT has a ridiculously good creative writing … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with Monica Valentinelli, Who Aspires to Terrify You with Marshmallows

(Editor’s Note: This interview has been in the vault. For Monica’s most updated work, visit her at  www.booksofm.com.) Rachel Swirsky: You can write any tie-in on any subject you want. All the normal rules are out the window. If you’re … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with John Chu, who will tell you about the great injustices of American Musical Theater

(Illustration by Christopher Silas Neal for “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere“) Rachel Swirsky: I am completely fascinated by the translation work you and Ken and others are doing to bring Chinese SF to the US audience. (Also, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with Jenna Katerin Moran, who knows what Russian servers to hack

  Here’s me! The outfit is Miranda Harrell’s version of the clothing style for the villains (?) of my RPG, Nobilis: A Game of Sovereign Powers.  Here’s my website! https://afarandasunlessland.wordpress.com/ Rachel Swirsky: You have a PhD in computer science. What … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with Deborah Walker and her Expandable Red Goo

Here’s another updated silly interview! RS: Your website invites me to find you at the British Museum, but that’s a lot of miles from where I am currently sitting, so instead I will ask you about the British Museum. What are … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with Anaea Lay (who wants to read your hate mail)

Anaea Lay 1) You were in Women Destroy Science Fiction–a project I greatly admire. What appeals to you about the project? What was your story like? The Destroy series has been so phenomenally successful and huge that it’s hard to … Continue reading Continue reading

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Silly Interview with E. J. Fischer, Winner of the Imaginative Long Jump

(This interview was first posted to my patreon. Thank you, patrons!) E. J. Fischer RS: I love the story “New Mother.” Can you talk about the genesis for a moment? EJF: Sure. “The New Mother” had a very long gestation period. … Continue reading Continue reading

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