Today I am interviewing Eric Brown, author of the new science-fiction novel, Binary System.
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DJ: Hey Eric! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Eric Brown: Hi DJ; many thanks for asking me. I’m a SF writer active in the field for thirty years (I sold my first tale to Interzone in 1987, and my first collection, The Time-Lapsed Man and other Stories in 1990; my first novel was Meridian Days, in 1992.) Since then I’ve sold over sixty books and a hundred and fifty short stories in the UK and US. My work has been translated into nineteen languages. I live in Scotland, in the Borders, in a quiet little village that suits me fine. I’m married, and have a twelve year-old daughter.
DJ: What is Binary/System about?
Eric: It’s an action-adventure novel about a spacer, Delia Kemp, whose starship undergoes a catastrophic blowout while transiting a wormhole. She finds herself as the only survivor on a hostile alien world which orbits a binary system, suffering extreme winters and summers. Added to the difficulty of surviving on such an inimical word, a race of hostile aliens, the Skelt, want her blood. The novel is about her attempts to survive their attentions and escape from the planet.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Binary/System?
Eric: Jack Vance, certainly – not so much his ornate prose-style as his planet of adventure novels. I read them in my late teens and loved them – and I’m a sucker for crashed-starship-hostile alien tales! I wanted to tell a fast-paced story about a likeable, resourceful woman, aided by some friendly aliens. I suppose every crashed-starship novel I’ve ever read has fed into the writing of Binary System. Continue reading