Sci-Fi November is a month-long blog event hosted by Rinn Reads and Over The Effing Rainbow. It was created to celebrate everything amazing about science fiction. From TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it was intended to help us share our love and passion for this genre and its many, many fandoms.
Today I am interviewing Jonathan Strahan, the multiple award winning editor, and editor of the new science-fiction anthology, Bridging Infinity, fifth book in the Infinity Project series.
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DJ: Hey Jonathan! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Jonathan Strahan: Hey! Thanks for talking to me! I’m an editor, critic, and podcaster who lives in Australia. I’ve been editing books since 1996 and podcasting since 2010. I’m also the reviews editor for Locus (www.locusmag.com), and edit the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year anthology series each year.
DJ: What is Bridging Infinity about?
Jonathan: It’s about enormous engineering projects and the problems they’re intended to solve. Science fiction loves enormous, crazy engineering projects and it loves to solve problems. So Bridging Infinity brings together a bunch of new, specially written stories that feature giant machines like Dyson spheres and man-made worlds that wrap stars.
DJ: What were some of the inspirations behind Bridging Infinity?
Jonathan: All of the great science fiction I read while I was growing up. Stuff like Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation and a whole bunch of classic SF. Also, to be honest, the opening of Star Wars, with that incredible Imperial Star Destroyer.
DJ: What kinds of stories can readers expect in the anthology?
Jonathan: There are fifteen stories in the book and they range from hard SF tales of creatures that live inside suns to tales of environmental engineering projects that solve global warming. There’s adventure, a little comedy, and a fair bit of action. Continue reading