Monthly Archives: April 2018

Author Interview: Nat McKenzie

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Today I am interviewing Nat McKenzie, author of the new science-fiction novel, The Vengeance Code.

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DJ: Hey Nat! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Nat McKenzie: I have several books published under Natalie Whipple, but for my new focus in sci-fi I’m taking on a new pen name as well. I have a BA in English Linguistics with a minor in editing, and I have always been in love with video games, anime, and good food.

DJ: What is The Vengeance Code about?

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Nat: From the back cover:

She’s a nobody in the bunker, struggling to survive.

He’s the heir to a fortune, determined to follow in mother’s fatal footsteps.

Only she knows her father was murdered, his code stolen.

His father’s virtual reality program kills people.

Linix can’t possibly trust the heir of the man who destroyed her family. And Cache can’t accept a position in an industry that kills its customers. But when the only thing more dangerous than the games is not playing them, they’ll have to figure out how to win. Together. Continue reading

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Author Interview: James Morrow

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Today I am interviewing James Morrow, author of the novelette, “Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva,” recently released as an e-book under the new Particle Books imprint from Tachyon Publications.

Over the course of a long career, Jim has published ten novels, four stand-alone novellas, and three short-story collections. He has won the World Fantasy Award (twice), the Nebula Award (twice), the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, and the Prix Utopia. His fiction has been translated into thirteen languages.

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DJ: Hey James! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

JM: I’m known primarily as a creator of theological fantasy with a satiric edge. My most popular novels in this vein are Only Begotten Daughter (concerning the tribulations of Jesus Christ’s divine half-sister in contemporary Atlantic City), Towing Jehovah (about a supertanker captain charged with burying God’s two-mile-long corpse), and Blameless in Abaddon (in which the Corpus Dei from the previous novel is put on trial for crimes against humanity).

But I’ve also written straightforward historical fiction (albeit filtered through a fantasist’s sensibility), notably The Last Witchfinder and Galápagos Regained.

“Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva” came about because readers (mostly at science fiction conventions) occasionally challenged me to think outside my theological comfort zone. It’s all very well to play games with Christian doctrines and Western philosophy, they argued, but why don’t you try applying your sensibility to Eastern religion?

DJ: Where did “Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva” first appear?

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JM: I wrote it, at the editor’s request, for the Betwixt the Between issue of the literary journal Conjunctions: an esteemed and prestigious venue, but with a circumscribed readership. “Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva” was an ideal candidate for the Particle Books program, which is committed to offering (as the Tachyon website puts it) “a dynamic mix of original, newly-collected, hard to find, and out-of-print material.”

DJ: What is “Bigfoot and the Bodhisattva” about?

JM: The plot turns on the angst of the Abominable Snowman, Taktra Kunga, denizen of the Himalayas, who feels compelled to devour the cerebrums of doomed yuppie mountain climbers. In a quest to enlarge his soul, my yeti apprentices himself to the Fifteenth Dalai Lama, His Holiness, Chögi Gyatso, who promises to teach him about Tibetan Buddhism. Taktra reciprocates by protecting Chögi from the predations of the Chinese, who for generations have sought to destroy, or at least assimilate, Tibetan culture. Continue reading

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