Editor’s note: Here is Philip Palmer, in an email dialogue with Robert Jackson Bennett. (Publisher’s note: Don’t these guys ever do any work?)
I finished Mr. Shivers a couple of days ago, and I’ve been mulling about it since.
Why does it make me think of the story of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil? That’s not the story of your actual novel, but it has that feel about it. Very haunting. And I loved the sequence in which [THIS SENTENCE IS A SPOILER AND HAS BEEN DELETED – The Guy from Orbit].
What made you pick that world? And how did you research it?
One of the things I’ve been aware of in the last few years as a science fiction novelist is how ‘world building’ is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because creating a world from scratch – naming planets, creating civilisations, inventing styles of clothing, and sometimes even making up jargon – is a joy. And it’s a curse because, well, you can get lost doing that stuff.
My secret fear is that one day I’ll enter the realm of Debatable Space, sit down in a bar with a bunch of spooky aliens and scary space pirates, and never return. Read the rest of this entry »