The environmental scientist turned author tells all about his debut, Creation Machine
When did you first discover SF?
Almost as soon as I could read. I found the SF shelf in my library and read it from end to end, starting with Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke.
Tell us a little bit about The Spin, the world you’ve created.
It’s several fractious groups in a state of decline, from the technically advanced Hegemony in the Outer Spin, to the near- medieval Fortunate Protectorate in the isolated centre of The Spin.
This is the first of a trilogy, but each novel stands alone, right?
Yes. The three books are set thousands of years apart, and there are no mortal characters carried over. Of course, you could define intelligent artefacts as characters, but that would be telling...
Did your environmental work influence the book?
I use a bit of environmental science. Mainly in a negative way; at least one planet has its ecosystem vandalised, and there’s plenty of theft of habitats. I’m not too optimistic about that sort of thing; I suspect people are inclined to trash their surroundings for short- term gain.
How far along are you with book two?
It’s called Iron Gods, it’s almost there. It’s been a big challenge to go back to The Spin after so many thousands of years have passed, to find traces of the first book still lying there.
Creation Machine is published on 19 May by Bantam Press.