This was a very nice interview. I thought it was well done. The author proved that she had spent a lot of time thinking about her story and how to put it together. When talking about her characters and what each of them represent, I found her depth of knowledge fascinating. During the interview, she talked about reality and how our minds determine our reality.. But she also explained that sometimes we are creating our reality and yet there are times when our reality creates us, which is the premise of her book Flight. It's interesting listening to how an author got an idea for novels, especially works that end up being iconic.Insight into literary history and science. The interview itself was well-done and seemed to have been casual. Not once did he author seem nervous. I liked the conversational style. Mostly, I just like learning how author’s get their ideas and run with it. Very easy to listen to and follow.
This book seems to be more of a in depth look at the realities we tend to create around us than a space adventure. Of course, if you read a lot of the original science fiction literature from the 19th and early 20th century you will find that this is what this genre excels at. The story focus on Mendle Orion, a novelist who lives in Los Angeles. Mendle loves to contemplate reality and physics as he determines that reality is what you want to define. We live in a world of Newtonian physics, the science that Newton basically created, which declares that reality is fixed; it cannot change or be changed. Mendle rejects this idea through his character of Aira (a character he has created in his latest fictional novel). He is locked in a loveless relationship, something for which Aira provides escape from.
Mendle lives in a world of fiction, in a way. He has created Aira, an interdimensional being who is beautiful, lovely, sensual, and possess the rare ability of real love. She is everything that Mendle’s girlfriend isn’t (who is self-centered, arrogant, and controlling). As Mendle continues writing his novel, Aira and her world becomes more real to him than what most of us call reality. As a result Mendle’s girlfriend believes that he is going insane. However, Mendle’s novel starts to mirror his own life and the events that are happening around him.
Like I said this book deals heavily on the nature of reality. What is it? This to me is definitely science fiction. Mendle believes that reality can be the physical world we live in or a metaphysical (fantasy if you will) world that exists only in our minds. His girlfriend, Sandra, tends to believe that reality is this world, the one we are currently in. I like how the author is able to bring the two together. The two realities, the fantasies in our minds and the one we physically live in can coexist. Mostly, I am reminded of something someone once told me, “If you can think it, then it is real.”
But the story also focuses on cause and effect; another big component in science fiction, though it usually happens in time travel stories. Mendle begins by writing a story, a fictional novel. But the characters in his hos book start to come to life around him and his world starts to mirror his novel. So which started first. Did the creation of the novel bring everything into existence around him, or is it the other way around? Or is Mendle simply writing about people who already exist in a parallel universe?As for the writing style, it has an easy flow. I didn’t find may instances where I felt the writing was choppy or exhaustive. It is very descriptive. The author is able to portray a world that is similar to ours without having to resort to long narrative to get her point across. The characters are all unique and richly developed. The writing is engaging in a way where you stay involved in the story even though it concentrates more on philosophical ideas than action. All in all a decent read. If you want real science fiction, you will want to read this book.
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