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Interview Margret Treiber

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This week we have an old friend of mine here to tell us about her latest collection of short stories. So please welcome Margret A. Treiber as listen (read) as she tells us about her collection  Japanese Robots Love to Dance

 

<Small disclaimer, I did help with a beta read of this one>

 

What was the most surprising thing you found out while researching/writing your latest book?

The abundance of Hindi slang and the resources for it on the internet.  I used a bunch in my last two novels, and it was fun to research.  I also gained a new appreciation for the power requirements a humanoid robot would need to get around day-to-day.

Why did you choose this setting?

Near future is relatable, yet you can add tech we don’t yet possess.  I think if you reach too far in the future, you risk either alienating the reader with a culture that is completely alien or make it less believable because it’s too similar.  Also, this is the same world as my other novel “Sleepy Time for Captain Eris” is set in and it shares some of the same characters.  I had to keep it consistent.

What’s unique about your world?

I wouldn’t call it unique because it is an extension of our current dysfunctional world, as I see it.  There is space travel and colonies.  However, there is also “Kang’s Out of the Bubble” – only the best tourist trap, anywhere.  It’s just outside of the solar system and the home of Helmets around the Galaxy.

How real do you think the science is in your book?

The parts I collaborated with my physicist wife are spot on.  The parts that I wrote for comic effect may be reaching a little.  I use poetic license for effect sometimes.  But I do try to keep real when possible.

What was the most mundane item that you used that really has cool tech behind it? What is the tech?

In real life?  Can we start with electricity and running water?  Because I dig the hell out of my hot shower.  Try going a few weeks without power and clean water, see how much you appreciate them afterwards.  Hurricane Irma was a real eye opener for me.

In the novel, the space ship rentals.  I know they’d be common place in the future, but you know SPACE SHIP!  Even if it is a crappy rental ship, it’s more than what we have now.

What did you include that you wish was real today?

Did I say SPACE SHIP?  I’m on the bench about self-aware AI.  I hate the idea that people would make artificial intelligence.  I don’t think we are responsible enough to make one that would not become psychotic. People are too biased and cruel in general to pull it off.  Plus, I hate the idea of building a thinking slave.

What technology or science do you think will most affect the world of tomorrow?

Normally I’d cite our oncoming AI doom, but I think I’ll stick with communications.  The internet has and continues to change society on a cultural level.  We are no longer allowed to be out of touch.  I remember a time before cell phones and instant communications where people were expected to be unavailable while driving or out of the house.  Now we are constantly accountable.  It can’t be good for us.

Anything else you would like to share?

If someone could please hurry up and invent food replicators, that would be awesome.  Thank you.

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