The en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tist turned au­thor tells all about his de­but, Cre­ation Ma­chine

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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.

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