Thursday, March 17, 2011

Authortrek Interview - Neal Asher

"Neal Asher: Is the writing of SF easy? If you write a normal thriller or crime story, you are dealing with the familiar and the easily described; a gun is a gun, and a car is a car, and don't need much elaboration. If you're thinking of the future, you have to think about where our technology has taken us. What of the car and the gun in a thousand years or so... I could go on.
Yes, natural history is a passion of mine and the more I learn about it, the more I realise that you don't need to look much further than the nearest rock to find an alien. I wrote The Parasite after reading a veterinary book on parasites and many others of my alien creatures have a firm basis in our natural world.
Take the blade beetle in 'Proctors': just looking at the way our creatures - their defensive mechanisms etc. - you could see how such a creature could evolve. The leeches of 'Spatterjay' are another such; they don't kill their prey, they harvest them, and cause in them apparent immortality so as to have a reusable food source."

4 out of 5