Q: Tell us about your story in Bridging Infinity?
My story starts out as a â€œclimate changeâ€ 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 all, it features multiple â€œkitesâ€ at astronomical scales. Who doesnâ€™t like kites?
Q: What was the inspiration behind your story?
I wanted to take the idea of mega-engineering and scale it up to be as grand as I can imagine and still be (theoretically) possible. To tell a story at an epic scale within the compact space of a short story is a challenge I enjoy.
Q: What do you believe makes a good science fiction story?
If the reader exclaims, â€œwhy didnâ€™t I think of that?â€ then itâ€™s a good SF story.
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 working on the next book in my silkpunk epic fantasy engineer-as-hero series (The Dandelion Dynasty, which includes The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms). Iâ€™m also trying to sketch out my next project, a near-future hard scifi novel.
If readers enjoy â€œSeven Birthdays,â€ they may also enjoy my story, â€œThe Waves,â€ which was published by Asimovâ€™s and collected in Humanity 2.0, edited by Alex Shvartsman. They may also like the stories in my collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories.