Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

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A Writing Meme

This list of questions is circulating among writing friends. I’ve been specifically tapped by Jacey to do this, and it gives me a chance to write about the Work In Progress that’s a bit more structured than me just burbling on ad nauseam. So here goes…

What is the working title of your next book?
The Bourbaki Conjecture

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I saw a scene in that half waking state between sleep and consciousness where two people walk through an airlock into a generation ship, and find devastation. One says to the other “This place didn’t die, it was killed.” I had to find out how they got there, and what happened next. But that scene isn’t in this book. It’s probably in the sequel, or in the final volume of the trilogy.

What genre does your book fall under?
Hard SF with a bit of space opera.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I’m not one of those writers (or readers) who plays fantasy castings, so this isn’t an easy one. Jewel Staite from Firefly would do a good job as the ship engineer (yes, I’m probably typecasting), while Noomi Rapace would be good as the scientist left behind by the Collapse.  Olivia Williams might work as the ship captain, but she’s a little too glamorous. Michelle Yeoh would be great as Colonel Cho. And as for the new pilot, Arthur Dervill would be about right, but he’s probably not young enough.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A remnant from the fall of Earth is revived in a very different world, and finds that the mystery of her survival hides a dangerous threat from her past.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will not be self-published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About seven months, but the rewriting is taking a long long time.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’d like to compare it with the work of Al Reynolds, but that would be pumping my own ego too much.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The Milford Writing Workshop. I took a 4000 word short story to them, written as a test for the world this book, and the putative sequels, would be set in. The short didn’t go down well, but in the discussion after the critting session, I answered all of the unanswered questions about what was going on, and more. They told me it was a novel and that I should write it. I did.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

A disastrous singularity, technological paranoia, an insane scientist gestalt, trans-neptunian habitats, exploring the Oort, and the secret history of the end of civilisation (though you’ll have to read the whole trilogy to really find out what’s going on).

And if anybody reading this is an agent, please contact me 🙂