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Improbable Interviews

Recently I have interviewed all ten of the authors who have contributed to the anthology I edited about fantastical flora, Improbable Botany. I will be gradually adding the interviews to this page:

Eric Brown made his first fiction sale to Interzone in 1986 and since then has published more than 50 books. His novel Helix Wars (2012) was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award and two of his short stories have been honoured with the British Science Fiction Association Award. Murder By The Book (2013) marked a departure, being the first Langham and Dupre Mystery, a crime novel set in the 1950s. His latest titles are Jani and the Great Pursuit, the second volume of a Steampunk series set at the height of the British Empire, and Murder Take Three, the fourth Langham and Dupre novel. He writes a regular SF review column for The Guardian.

Tricia Sullivan moved to the UK from the US in 1995, making her publishing debut the same year with the ‘The Question Eaters’ and the novel Lethe. Someone to Watch Over Me followed in 1997, while her third novel, Dreaming in Smoke (1999), won the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Further novels include Maul (2003), Double Vision (2005), Sound Mind (2007) and Lightborn (2010). Sullivan’s Everien fantasy trilogy, written as Valery Leith, comprised The Company of Glass (1999), The Riddled Night (2000) and The Way of the Rose (2001). Occupy Me (2016) gained Sullivan her fourth Clarke Award nomination. Her latest novel is Sweet Dreams.


Other Interviews

Interviews include environmentalist and author Dr Jane Goodall DBE, authors Nina Allan (The Race, Stardust, Spin) and Andrew David Barker (Dead Leaves, The Electric) editor-in-chief of Solaris Books, Jonathan Oliver, and the film composer Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Dark Knight, Rain Man).

Among the interviews I’ve conducted certainly the most nerve-racking was one for Amazon with Sir Arthur C. Clarke – 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood’s End, The City and the Stars, The Songs of Distant Earth.

Christopher Priest – author of The Prestige (winner of the World Fantasy Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and basis for the highly successful film of the same title starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlet Johansson and Michael Caine). Interviewed for Interzone issue 207 (November 2006).

Robert HoldstockMythago Wood series and the Merlin Codex (winner of the World Fantasy Award, Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire and British Science Fiction Association Award) – interviewed for the author’s own website.

Interviews published variously by Amazon, HMV Choice, Vector, Writers’ News, Musicweb International and, Film Music on the Web include:

Kevin J. Anderson (Dune, Star Wars, X Files), Cory Doctorow (Eastern Standard Tribe, website Boing Boing), Kathleen Ann Goonan (Queen City Jazz, In War Time) and Ricardo Pinto (Stone Dance of the Chameleon).

Media related interviews include Gerry Anderson (Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space 1999), Ed Bishop (UFO, 2001: A Space Odyssey), Sophie Aldred and Colin Baker (Doctor Who).

Further interviews include the Oscar-winning composers Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape) and Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), West End and Broadway musical star Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady), the world’s undisputed master of the viola da gamba, Jordi Savall, the BAFTA Award winning composer George Fenton (Planet Earth, Cry Freedom, The Jewel in the Crown) and the Royal Television Society Award winning composer Debbie Wiseman (Warriors, The Promise).


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