Malinda Lo‘s first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her second novel, Huntress, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her young adult science fiction duology, beginning with Adaptation, will be published in September 2012. Visit her website at www.malindalo.com.
SF Signal had the opportunity to chat with Malinda about her new novel, Adaptation, and is proud to bring that interview to you today.
CHARLES TAN: Hi Malinda, thanks for agreeing to do the interview. Let’s talk about your latest novel, Adaptation. What made you decide to write a science fiction thriller?
MALINDA LO: The idea came to me in a dream! Seriously. I had a dream in which I was in an airport while birds started falling dead from the sky. When I woke up I wrote it down immediately in my writing journal, because I thought that it would make an awesome beginning for a book.
I’ve always had very vivid dreams, some of them totally crazy, but this is the only one that has ever inspired me to write a novel. I had a really strong gut feeling about it, and I’ve come to respect my gut when it comes to writing. I try to do what it tells me.
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But first, a description of what the book’s about:
Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.
Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.
Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.
Adaptation is a bold contemporary science-fiction thriller from the acclaimed author of Ash.
Here’s the trailer:
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In case people don’t know each other, let me introduce you to one another. I’m Charles, your blogger from the Philippines. Today we have:
- Malinda Lo from the US, author of Ash and Huntress.
- Tehani Wessely from Australia, who is a publisher, editor, and librarian.
- Cheryl Morgan from the UK, who is very active in the genre nonfiction and awards scene.
- Gwenda Bond from the US, who dabbles in a little bit of everything.
- Tarie Sabido from the Philippines as well, who is a blogger and a teacher.
I’m a bit new at this so we don’t have to be very formal. Feel free to steer the conversation in a direction you think is relevant, but I was hoping to start with the speculative fiction YA books (whether novels or anthologies) published this past year that interested you.
The recently-announced 2009 Nebula Award ballot includes lots of great fiction from lots of great writers and only hints at all the great work being published. So we asked this year’s nominees this question:
Here’s what they said…
[Note: Due to my poor interviewing skills, there were multiple revisions of this question ultimately intending to clarify that its intent was not to slight any of the fiction that was nominated, but rather, to name additional works that are also award-worthy. Along the way, I also left open the possibility that panelists could name work in any category. Any perceived lack of cohesion in this Mind Meld is thus entirely of my own making -- but I think you'll find plenty of great titles to seek out in addition to the one's on this year's Nebula ballot. So there.]
- Interviews & Profiles:
- John Scalzi turns the Whatever mike over to Malinda Lo, author of Ash.
- Agony Column podcast-interviews Peter S. Beagle, Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Swanwick, and M. Rickert.
- War Rocket Ajax podcast-interviews Jess Nevins.
- The latest BookBanter podcast features Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue).
- AWARDS NEWS: Pawel Dembowski writes in to tell us that the Polish Janusz A. Zajdel Award for 2008 was awarded on Saturday at Polcon in Lodz. The winners are: Kameleon (Chameleon) by Rafal Kosik (novel), and “Swiaty Dantego” (“Dante’s Worlds”) by Anna Kantoch (Short story).
- Over at Dear Author, Heather Massey makes the case for Steampunk Romance.
- Wired: Why E-Books Look So Ugly. [via MobileRead Forums]
- @Centauri Dreams: Science Fiction and Interstellar Thinking: “…science fiction’s clout doesn’t come so much from prediction as much as from the ability to try out new ideas by remodeling the world so as to accommodate them.”
- David Langford has posted Ansible 266 for September 2009.
- Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) lands the last major part in HBO’s Game of Thrones pilot.
- Nicole at Geekend is on a quest for the ultimate geek movie.
- Stan Lee (and … Jack Kirby?) on the Marvel/Disney deal.
- Real Science: Mike Brotherton is Rethinking Pluto.
- Not Real Science: New Species Of Lobster May Have Come From Outer Space.
- Look at This has a handy graphic on how to tell the difference between swine flu, bird flu…and zombie flu.
- A Venn Diagram of Mythical Creatures. [via MonkeyFilter and Cynical-C Blog]
- It’s back to school time. And what better way to celebrate your inner geekness than with these Star Wars Text Book Covers. Of course, doing so means it’s no longer “inner” but “outer” which may subject you to extended periods of time inside a locker. Cover you books at your own risk!
- Cyberpunk Review lists Cyberpunk Movies by Decade. (Old list but still useful.)
- @Magical Words, Misty Massey lists 5 Things You Ought To Know About Writers.
- @SciFi Scanner: The 10 Most Dastardly Supervillain Quotes.