Today I am interviewing Adam Rakunas, author of the new science fiction novel, Like A Boss, second book in the Occupied Space series. The first book in the series, Windswept, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.
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DJ: Hey Adam! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Adam Rakunas: Thanks for having me here! I’m a stay-at-home dad who writes science fiction. I grew up in Southern California, and I now live in the Pacific Northwest. All of these things are related.
DJ: What is Like A Boss about? What can readers of the series expect in the latest installment? Anything new? Any surprises?
AR: Like A Boss is the next episode in the continuing adventures of everyone’s favorite two-fisted labor organizer from the future, Padma Mehta. At the end of the last book, Windswept, Padma got everything she wanted: retirement, the deed to her favorite rum distillery, her own theme song. She also got nailed with a one-trillion-yuan debt, thanks to what she did in the second-to-last chapter of Windswept. In the opening of Like A Boss, Padma has to deal with the headaches of being an employer who’s also up to her eyeballs in debt. Oh, and there’s also a looming planet-wide strike that threatens to upend everything. I like to think of this book as a love letter to everyone who thought that Windswept had too much science fiction and not enough labor politics. Continue reading