Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity?
Venus ought to be a twin of Earth. Instead, a little too close to the sun, a runaway greenhouse effect long ago removed all the water and covered it in an atmosphere as thick as an ocean. Even compared to Mars itâ€™s a massive challenge to terraform â€“ but a few thousand years from now a dynasty of engineers attempts it anyway, with disastrous personal results.
Q: What was the inspiration behind your story?
Itâ€™s set in my â€˜Xeelee Sequenceâ€™ future history, in which Iâ€™m working on new novels. That sort of project generates its own ideas. I have a useful Venus in the far future; how did it get that way?
Q: What do you believe makes a good science fiction story?
Like all stories, sympathetic characters facing a strong dilemma. And ideally all aspects of the story deriving from a plausible bit of scientific speculation.
Q: What are you working on now? And if people like your story in the book, what other work of yours should they seek out?
Iâ€™m just finishing The Massacre of Mankind, a sequel to HG Wellsâ€™s The War of the Worlds. Out in January 2017. As for other work â€“ look for Xeelee: Endurance, more recent short fiction in the Xeelee universe. And the first of the new novels, Xeelee: Vengeance, out in September 2017.