Talking about stories

Bridging Infinity
  • Alastair Reynolds on “Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? My story deals with a far-future engineering project to drill down into the Sun, for reasons that are explained in the story. But the story has its basis in the present, as the central protagonist is an Indian scientist who makes a critical discovery during her thesis ...
  • Charlie Jane Anders on “Rager in Space” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? “Rager in Space” is about peer pressure, and that moment when you realize that maybe you’ve outgrown your best friend. Sion and D-Mei have been inseparable since they were kids, and they’re unrepentant party girls in a world where artificial intelligence failed for some reason that nobody ...
  • Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty on “Cold Comfort” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? What was the inspiration behind it? Pat Murphy: If you crack the ice on the right Arctic lake and toss in a match, you can set off a methane flare. That’s not fiction. It’s true. And that’s what inspired the story. (If you doubt me, search “methane lake” on ...
  • Pamela Sargent on “Monuments” Q: What was the inspiration behind your story? My home town of Albany, capital of the state and a city much changed by the construction of the Empire State Plaza under then – Governor Nelson Rockefeller, an exercise in grandiose architecture and megalomania that cost 2 billion dollars and was the largest government complex ever built ...
  • Gregory Benford and Larry Niven on “Mice Among Elephants” Larry Niven and I wrote “Mice Among Elephants” because the recent LIGO discovery of gravitational waves excited our interest. We had set up in our two previous novels together, Bowl of Heaven and Shipstar, a mystery about the target star of an interstellar starship, Glory. Glory seemed to be a normal solar system – so ...
  • Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell’s “The Mighty Slinger” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? We wanted to tell an unapologetically Caribbean story, no explanations, no watering-down. People from small nations often travel far for work and get overlooked by large corporate and political interests. We made them the heroes that saved and mended our broken, used-up Earth when no-one else was ...
  • Ken Liu on “Seven Birthdays” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? My story starts out as a “climate change” geo-engineering story based on ideas circulating in the scientific community but soon veers in an unexpected direction. It explores themes of family, our post-human essence, and the weight of history, which are close to my heart. But best of ...
  • Stephen Baxter on “The Venus Generations” 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 it’s a massive challenge to terraform ...
  • Allen M. Steele on “Apache Charley and the Pentagons of Hex” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? “Apache Charley and the Pentagons of Hex” is set in the expanded universe of the Coyote series, which are novels and stories that take place elsewhere in the galaxy besides the 47 Ursae Majoris system but share the same background. In this instance, it’s a story taking ...
  • Karin Lowachee on “Ozymandias” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? The concept of the anthology intrigued me, but to be honest I cycled through a handful of ideas before settling on the one that became Ozymandias. The title refers to the sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of my favorites since I was young, because of the ...
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch on “The City’s Edge” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? “The City’s Edge” focuses on a failed engineering project—one that was on track, and then disappeared in the dead of night. There’s more than one gigantic engineering piece in this story, which made it fun to write. Q: What was the inspiration behind your story? When I received the ...
  • Thoraiya Dyer on “Induction” Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity? Rising sea levels threaten Anguilla, but businessmen can always make a buck. It’s up to an ex-astronaut to save the ordinary people from his half-brother if he can. With the help of an engineer. From the depths of a shaft drilled the full thickness of Earth’s crust. Q: ...