DJ: What is Forsaken Skies about?Learn more about the book and author at David Wellington's website.
D. Nolan Clark: It’s about the Great Silence, the Great Filter, the Fermi Paradox. The question of why, in a universe full of planets capable of harboring life, we’ve never detected any. The book suggests one answer for that question. It’s also about a future where runaway capitalism and runaway militarism have left us in a very bad position to find out what happened to all the aliens.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Forsaken Skies?
D. Nolan Clark: This is one of those questions every author has trouble answering. You want to say “I have no influences, I have created this work entirely from my own imagination”. But of course that’s never true. We are all the sum of our influences. I’ve been reading sf since the 80s, so my influences go way back—there’s a little Heinlein in here, a little Frank Herbert. An awful lot of Larry Niven and especially...[read on]
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