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 Bradley P. Beaulieu and Rob Ziegler, authors of the new science-fiction novella, The Burning Light.
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DJ: Hey Bradley and Rob! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Bradley P. Beaulieu: Sure thing. I’m the epic fantasy author of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and The Winds of Khalakovo. That may seem a bit odd, as what we have in The Burning Light is most decidedly not epic fantasy, but I’ve been known to dabble in science fiction now and again. It’s all been short fiction so far, this new project with Rob being the longest foray into sci-fi for me to date.
My tastes in terms of writing and reading are pretty similar. I tend to like longer tales with a wide cast of characters. I like worlds that are both broad and deep. And I like the spec-fictional elements to have bearing not just on the world, but to have real meaning and consequences to the people who use it, often to the point that those elements are world changing to some degree. Some of my main influences are J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, C. S. Friedman, Robin Hobb, Tad Williams, and Stephen R. Donaldson.
Rob Ziegler: I’m the author of the novel Seed. It’s the story of a young scavenger cum highwayman trying to save his younger brother from a giant agri-corp in a southwest ravaged by climate change. It has the feel of a western by way of The Road Warrior.
I write full time. Currently I’m working on my second novel, Angel City, as well as the occasional side project like The Burning Light. Over the years I’ve basically done everything—landscape design, IT, bartending, real estate management. My wife and I live a mostly chill life in western Colorado. We hike a lot.
DJ: What is The Burning Light about?
Bradley/Rob: The Burning Light is a sci-fi thriller set in a world which has just begun to recover from climate-change. The emerging order is based on connectivity. People are connected–very connected, organized into collectives. Through the flooded canals of Old New York, it follows a young addict named Zola as she chases the Burning Light, a “communal drug” so addictive it can lay entire collectives to waste. But Zola is being chased as well, by a disgraced government operative named Colonel Melody Chu.
The story follows Zola as she tries to find the truth about the light, while Colonel Chu tries to find Zola and stop her before the Light causes even more devastation. What they find together is something neither of them expected.