Topic “Storyteller”

Amy Thomson Interview

Storyteller by Amy Thomson

One of my favourite lesser-known authors is Amy Thomson. I know she's lesser known because she doesn't have a wikipedia entry yet, in spite of winning the 1994 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

I happened to catch her first book, Virtual Girl, when it just come out. It was on the "New Release" shelf at White Dwarf Books and caught my eye because you don't see many robot books written by women. Curious about a female perspective, I included it in the day's purchases. I've bought every book she's written since then. Virtual Girl was her only robot book. Her subsequent books have explored aliens. Her last book, The Storyteller, is my favourite.

io9.com recently posted an interview with Amy Thomson: Amy Thomson Gives Good Alien. It's a great interview in spite of the lame-ass, tortured, almost condescending title. She has interesting insights into creating alien aliens. And this comment is bang on:

I don't mind the fact that all the Star Trek aliens look like humans with wierd foreheads. That just the limitations due to the special effects budget back in the 60's. What I mind is that the Star Trek aliens tend to ACT like humans with wierd foreheads. That's a failure of imagination, and imagination is what SF is all about.

It's great seeing Thomson get "air time" and really great hearing she has a new novel named Nomad on the way. Can't wait!

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