Sue Lange‘s latest work of satiric science fiction, The Perpetual Motion Club, is available at fine Amazons everywhere.
Notes from a Postmodernist Anonymous Meeting
by Sue Lange
Hi, my name is Sue and I’m a post-modernist. I’ve been sane for three days.
I haven’t always been like this. I started out a modernist. I questioned religion and morality and absolutes in everything. I read anything Kafka wrote, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Bulgakov. I didn’t understand any of it, but I read it. Come to think of it, maybe that’s my problem. Maybe if I could figure out how a man could wake up one day and be a bug, I wouldn’t have this emptiness and this insatiable need to search out answers to questions that have no answers.
Hugo and Nebula award-winning Vonda N. McIntyre has just launched an ebook version of her novel, Superluminal. The book, originally published in 1983 by Houghton Mifflin, is now being made available through BookViewCafe.com (BVC). As a fellow member of BVC, I like to keep up with all things going on there, so I tapped Vonda for an interview. I wanted to find out where she got her wonderful ideas for the book. We talked about Superluminal and her other work and science fiction in general. I’m very glad SF Signal is allowing us to let you in on the conversation.
Sue Lange: The title, Superluminal. Practically all of science fiction concerns faster-than-light travel, so why does your book get this audacious title?
Vonda N. McIntyre: I have no idea why nobody used the title before I did. You’re right, it would be an obvious choice for half the sf novels in the known universe.
Strangely enough, I wasn’t going to call it Superluminal. I was going to call it Aztecs, as it’s based on my novella “Aztecs.” But not too long before it was published, a very successful book came out called Aztec, by Gary Jennings, a much more well-known writer than I was or am. His novel was in fact about Aztecs, unlike mine, which was about people called “Aztecs” by people who didn’t know any better.