A science fiction writer's blog.
A simple question really ... If you could would you like to live in the Polity universe you've created ?
If you could pick one of your novels/series to be adapted into a TV series, which would you choose ?
How do you pronounce Jain in reference to Jain Technology? I've gone back and forth between something like "jah-een" and "jah-inn" without ever feeling either is quite right.
When you write, do you ever write to music? Either to get into a mood or to inspire?
What authors do you read? Are there any whose books you'll read just as a matter of course. (For example if I see something come up from this Asher fellow I'll pre-order it and then jot a reminder to myself so I don't pre-order from other sources.)
Prador: The computer game?
Which piece of writing in one of your novels, makes you cringe? OR something which you think if I had done this, I could have done this, this and this.
What do you think, realistically, are the chances of AI and longevity happening in our lifetime? And do you think it will be positive or negative? My brother and I have endless debates on this. He introduced me to Ray Kurzweil with his Singularity theory and his belief that since humans are just bio-engineered mechanisms, there should be no significant difficulty to improve and then perfect the mechanisms. I have my doubts. And even if it does happen, I think we might actually create more problems for ourselves since historically a discrepancy in power has usually led to oppression, slavery and warfare.
Shaun, of course I would. Immortality, body of choice, a galaxy to explore? What's not to like? I would of course tend to avoid anywhere big brass.androids or Polity agents are showing an interest in, however!Ckk, I would choose the Cormac series. Five seasons of 12 episodes a piece would do nicely.Colin, to me just like the girl's name: Jane.Craddmeister, that is one I have been asked before. No, never. Music distracts me too much.Unknown, generally the same authors my readers choose. Reynolds, Morgan, Banks. If you check my website you'll find my book collectio - from Asimov to Zelazny. That being said I'm not reading much at all at present. http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/page72.htmlConan, I wish. But as in all these things it is not down to me.Neil, nothing really makes me cringe but, generally, the older a piece of my writing is the more I think that I would do it differently now.Leon, I am optimistic about AI and longevity. No matter what pessimists or present day Luddites wank on about our science and technology have constantly improved the human condition. I don't think it likely we'll see the rapture of nerds AI in the next 50 years and I don't think immortality is just round the corner. Possibly we'll see people living to great age healthily - mentally and physically. As for a dystopian future ... probably not. A more informed populace is difficult to oppress.
I know you're just trying to find your writer's footing again, but any future plans on writing new sci-fi work, something completely new and outside of the Polity Universe?Love the Polity, but Cowl was different. The Skinner, while in the polity, just awesomely way out there and different...Thanks for all the amazing hours of escape from this world.All the best...
Laszlo, I'm not thinking about writing anything outside the Polity at the moment because I'm concentrating on something there that may extend to 3 or 5 books. I do, however, have the start of the continuation of the Owner sequence that I'll turn to at some point.
Hello! I would ask a question, but I have already asked three on Facebook (under my nom de plume Jessie Grey, which happens to be the name of my dog). I assure you this is my real name.Screw that - I am going to ask a question! Are you familiar with the disaster in America called the Johnstown Flood?
Whatever happened to all those cored hooper brains? Any on ice somewhere?
Mr Asher, Would I be able to interview you for my science fiction blog at some point? Via e-mail (I'm in New Zealand) if that's appropriate? Thanks. Also... Gabbleducks. Where did they come from? What was the inspiration, and how are you so able at making a giant mumbling duck-o-saurus into something quite frightening? Well done.
Geoffrey, I could Google it... I have heard the name but know nothing about it.Bruce, interesting idea. Maybe they were tossed in a midden somewhere on Spatterjay, got infected by the virus and took on a life of their own before decaying ... crawled off somewhere to contemplate revenge.NebulaBooks, sure you can interview me for your blog. You can contact me via DMs on my Facebook or Twitter page. Maybe save that gabbleduck question for then, eh?
Hi Mr Asher,Thanks for answering Q's from the fans.I really admire the way you incorporate tech and science advancements into your work. I imagine you must read a lot of science journals/online publications to spark your ideas.How much time do you reckon you spend researching the 'germs' behind a new idea? What sort of tomes/publications/mags do you look at?You seem to enjoy ripping your characters apart quite regularly. Are the deaths easy to write? Should we be worried for your sanity?I particularly love the idea behind the AI's. Being an IT geek, I wonder whether we could see something like that soon in the real world. I hope so! I think I might enjoy putting my consciousness into something that runs a bit quick, or being able to bolt on the next upgrade.Keep writing please :)Cheers,Richie
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