Cassidy Ward is a journalist and author of fiction. He writes a regular column exploring the intersection of science and popular culture at Syfy.com and his debut novella, Ravel, will be published September 4, 2021. He lives and writes in Utah with his partner and son.
Today he tells us about his Six Books:
1. What book are you currently reading?
Verify by Joelle Charbonneau. It’s a spiritual sibling to 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 in the way it explores the potential negative outcomes of technology or government overreach in the future. It wonders at the potential repercussions of an increasingly digitized world, in which everything including history can be modified on a whim. Meri, the protagonist, is swept into an underground resistance built on maintaining physical books in order to protect the truth of our past. It aligns nicely with my appreciation for the convenience of digital content and my unwillingness to let go of the ever-increasing mountain of physical book beneath which I will undoubtedly be buried.
2. What upcoming book are you really excited about?
The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield. I’m a sucker for the Apollo missions, and I’m a sucker for Chris Hadfield. Armed only with his Canadian charm, a killer mustache, and a guitar, he reintroduced a whole lot of people to the International Space Station. During a time when the notion of space-travel had become sort of mundane (a shocking thing to type), he helped to make astronauts cool again. Besides, I can just imagine him floating aboard ISS, circling the planet every 90 minutes, and cooking up a space-thriller. I can’t wait to read it.
3. Is there a book you’re currently itching to re-read?
Next on my to-read is Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar and I’m in that weird space where I’m almost sad the current book is going to end while also hungry to get on to the next thing. I’m excited about what Shveta is doing in the fantasy space. So much of fantasy is dominated by Euro-centric stories at the expense of other cultures’ storytelling traditions. Certainly, there are great sword and sorcery stories, but we could all do with an expansion of our narrative horizons both as readers and writers. I’m excited to see what sorts of worlds and characters exist outside the confines of my usual haunts.
4. A book that you love and wish that you yourself had written.
5. What’s one book, which you read as a child or a young adult, that has had a lasting influence on your writing?
6. And speaking of that, what’s your latest book, and why is it awesome?
Thank you, Cassidy!
POSTED BY: Paul Weimer. Ubiquitous in Shadow, but I’m just this guy, you know? @princejvstin.