I Speak!

by wjw on September 15, 2018

I am interviewed by the highly informed David Barr Kirtley on The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy.  

Check it out!

Clyde September 19, 2018 at 2:06 am

Interesting interview, thanks.
I was left wondering if there is any reason why you didn’t mention Investments or Impersonations? (Publishing conflicts perhaps?)

wjw September 19, 2018 at 9:52 am

Mainly it was lack of time, I suspect.

Minx September 27, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Hm, how did you come up with the idea of the Praxis? Was it a commentary on the reactionary tendencies of MilSF that intones paeans to authoritarianism with alarming regularity, or to make it clear to the reader this isn’t a story where the central conflict is resolved by someone inventing a shiny new super-destructive spaceship?

wjw September 28, 2018 at 12:23 am

Well, now I guess I can’t use the shiny super-destructive spaceship plot. Thanks a lot!

I wasn’t reacting to anyone else’s MilSF, because mostly I don’t read it. (For why, see my essay “The Froomistat Conundrum” somewhere in the archives from 2015.) I tend not to think of the Praxis books as MilSF anyway, but as stories about complicated people who happen to be in the military.

I wanted to write about the collapse of a big authoritarian/oligarchic system, and its replacement by [spoiler deleted]. Any resemblance to contemporary events is coincidental.

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