Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cristina Jurado Interview With - Alastair Reynolds

"Cristina Jurado: It seems to me that most of „Terminal World” characters share some kind of marginal status: Quillon is an angel living under a adopted identity, Nimcha is a powerful but stigmatized tectomancer, Meroka is a street smart body guard… How did you build the characters and their relationships? Alastair Reynolds: I don’t think I’ve ever gone into a book with a very clear idea about more than one or two characters, if that. They tend to evolve organically as the story ensues, gaining (one hopes) depth and distinctiveness. Given Quillon’s plight, it seemed natural that he would associate with people on the margins, rather than those with direct access to power and/or knowledge. One thing I wanted to develop was the idea of an uneasy but building friendship between Meroka and Quillon; it’s very easy to fall into bickering antipathy between characters but I felt it would be a good challenge to sketch out an unlikely but plausible friendship between these two very (as you say) marginal figures, both of whom have secrets and pasts." 3.5 out of 5 http://scifiportal.eu/interview-with-alastair-reynolds-great-britain-cristina-jurado-spain/