I’m glad to be back guest-posting at SF signal. This time, I’m interviewing Ramez Naam about his new novel, Nexus, out from Angry Robot Books on December 18th. Full disclosure: I’ve already read this book twice even though most of you haven’t been able to get it yet. I met Ramez at a Seattle-area gathering of futurists the day that Wings of Creation came out, so maybe it was destiny that we would both stay loosely connected in the fabulous Seattle ecosystem of authors, futurists, and many of us who are both.
So here is my conversation with Ramez:
BRENDA COOPER: I’m very pleased to see Nexus becoming a real book. Ever since I read an early manuscript draft, I’ve been excited about the possibility that more people would be able to read this. So for starters, congratulations.
RAMEZ NAAM: Thank you!
BC: For any fans or followers of SF Signal, this really is a must-read book. Most trans-humanist fiction is phenomenally interesting for techno geeks like me, but Nexus is a uniquely human and character driven thriller as well as a brilliant rendering of a believable future. It should interest fans of Michael Crichton, Greg Bear, David Brin, or Charlie Stross alike.
I’d like to start with a question about the genesis of one of the main characters. Kade is a near-perfect archetype of the starry-eyed and idealistic young men and women who work in tech and science. What models did you use when you created him?
RN: *Laughs* Well, I have to confess to one of the great sins of writing, in that there’s at least a little bit of me in Kade, or maybe me as I was when I was younger. He’s a lot smarter than I am, but probably more naïve and more awkward. But I really wanted to have a protagonist who, aside from being extremely bright, was really just an everyman. He’s never been shot at before. He had a normal childhood. He’s thrown into situations way beyond his depths, and he has to figure out both how to cope with the stress of people trying to kill him, and how to figure out what the morally right thing to do is when he’s caught between a rock and a hard place.
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