Today I am interviewing Brenda Cooper, author of the new sci-fi collection, Stories of Fremont’s Children, which is currently being funded on Kickstarter to co-incide with the 10th Anniversary Release of her award-winning novel, The Silver Ship and the Sea.
All of the stories are set in the same world as The Silver-Ship and the Sea.
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DJ: Hey Brenda! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For this interview, on the first part I’d like to focus on the novels, then for the second, I’d like to talk about the Kickstarter in particular.
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Brenda Cooper: I’m fascinated with technology and how it works, a rabid environmentalist, lately a bit of an activist, and I love reading and writing. I live in Washington State on an acre and a half of beautiful land. We have two grown-up children and four dogs, three of which are smarter than we are (they’re border collies).
DJ: What is The Silver Ship and the Sea about?
Brenda: The story is about six genetically enhanced children who are abandoned on a planet that hates genetic engineering. So in that way, it’s a story of the other. The series also explores what it is to be human, various definitions of family, and the cost of war. There are three books, with a fourth to come. The first is out, and hopefully the other three will release in 2018.
DJ: What were some of the inspirations for The Silver Ship and the Sea?
Brenda: It was written during the run-up to the Iraq war, and so it became a bit of an anti-war novel. Unlike some of books which address war directly (and in fact this series does do so in the last book), The Silver Ship and the Sea illustrates the cost of conflict. It’s also a chance to explore the costs of choosing to embrace or reject technology. Lastly, I really just wanted to create an interesting world. Fremont has fabulous creatures, wandering scientists, dangerous volcanoes, and more. Continue reading