So, weaselmom gave me an interview task. Here goes:
"This turned out to be much harder than I thought! Many of the questions I might ask have already been answered during the years I've known you. Others I can't ask in public (or rather I can ask them, but you probably shouldn't answer them). Let's give this a whirl." (Q for WM's q's, A for my a's)
- Q: You are magically given the opportunity to go on a space mission (orbital) as a passenger, but it will cost you a year off the end of your life. Would you do it? Why or why not?
A: Not for an orbit; well, maybe if I could give up the last icky year (not simply live one fewer years). Yeah, that would be cool. However, I would if it meant I could go on a real mission, I'd gladly do so. When I was a kid, my greatest dream was to explore the moons of Jupiter. Yeah, I read a lot of Heinlein YA novels...
- Q: Design and construct your dream (land) vehicle. Your only limitations are you have to use materials and technologies currently available (so no antigrav), and you can't violate the laws of physics (so no FTL). What do you end up with?
A: Ooooh. Well, your limits leave things wide open: No size, energy, or cost restrictions. Heh. How about a mobile villa to travel the continent in comfort: Something light and strong, so the underlying structure is probably built out of titanium. Big enough for all of our friends to have their own window suite. A big community area with room for everyone to enjoy the sun and hot tubs in the fresh air. Because of its size, it'll probably need a special road, so I think we'll need to buy up old railroad tracks across the country, then lay a second set beside 'em. Power comes from solar panels onboard, but primarily from a series of wind- and solar-generator plants in various states along our travel route (you didn't say that it was ONLY the vehicle; heck, the support infrastructure is downright necessary for this 'un), sending it back along the lines beside the road; excess energy is sold back to the power companies at a tidy profit. Um, if I have to downscale, it's hard to pick: I mean, should it be fast (a street-legal Formula 1 car); big enough for travel (a giant, restored Airstream with a humongous modern powerplant); practical but lustful (our Lincoln with, say, $100,000 in improvements); environmentally friendly (600hp worth of fuel cells in an ultra-sleek luxury coupe); classic (don't get me started); two-wheeled (say it with me: "cycle-sized V8 with British styling and comfortable enough for 18-hour rides"); or lots of other things? In case you didn't notice, I like vehicles.
- Q: Your favorite film director says, "Chris, I'm looking for a book to film, and I promise to do it justice." Any book: what and why?
A: I can think of so many dozens of SF novels that should be made into movies. I suppose it would be one that means something personal to me, something that would be really hard to do a good job with... hmmm... my first pick would have to be my own novel because I wrote about things that mattered most to me (Transcendence), but if it had to be one already in print I'd have to pick a couple: One for its huge-SF-ness and how beautiful it would be as a movie (The Golden Age, by Wright), and one for its emotional power (More Than Human, by Sturgeon). Of course, next week I'd probably pick another pair of books. I like lots of 'em.
- Q: What do you truly believe happens to us after we die?
A: For me, it's not a matter of "believe," because I just don't know. I want to believe we rejoin the universal consciousness (that some religions call, "God"), but without knowing I can't believe. Stop it... oh, look, shiny engine parts!
- Q: I can't draw or sing or write or play an instrument or cook. What talent do you wish you possessed that you just ain't got?
A: Superpower: Time-Stop, or Eternal Life-With-Good-Health. Natural talent: Super-Genius, with which I could determine the answers to the great questions of the universe.
Now it's your turn. Want to be interviewed? Lemme know.