…with SL Huang
The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…
This week, let’s give a big hand to spec-fic author SL Huang, who was, incidentally, the first person ever to interview me about my now-vanished-and-presumed-dead novel – thanks!
Hi, SL, tell us “all” about yourself.
I am a math alien from Planet Math, out to convert everyone to my math-loving ways via the medium of science fiction thrillers.
What is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu – because it explores both science and humanity, pushes that exploration to the limit, and is everything I want science fiction to be.
What was your first published work?
Zero Sum Game, a math thriller! With lots of math, guns, and nerd snark, and a lead character who likes punching people in the face.
Sounds just like every number-cruncher I’ve ever met, must be all that sitting and thinking… What is the best thing you’ve never had published?
Everything finished that I’m proud of is published or out on sub, but I have about 23,984,239 fantastic first chapters that never went anywhere.
What are you most proud of – in your life, not just your writing?
That I’m still alive. My body’s tried to kill me a few times. I await the day I can get myself transplanted into a robot.
When we first spoke you were recovering, I think – glad to know you’re still going strong. Now, tell us about your latest work: novel, short story, shopping list, whatever.
The fifth book (third full novel) in the Russell’s Attic series, Root of Unity – explosions, kidnappings, betrayals, gun fights… and lots more math.
Pitch us your unwritten masterpiece – you’re in the Hollywood elevator now…
Diverse lady fire-fighters in space! (I’m actually working on this one.)
If only one person was to ever read your work – who would you want it to be?
Randall Munroe, because xkcd.
Impeccable logic. So, what are your plans for the future – all of it?
To transform everyone in the world to math-loving zombies via my math alien rays. Oh, and to eat an entire jar of Nutella at once.
Mmm, chocolatey. Okay, my thanks to SL for not buckling under the pressure – at all, no axe-work in sight! You can find out more about her at slhuang.com, and maybe she’ll come back again more under relaxed circumstances…