Jason Sanford is a three-time finalist for the Nebula Award who has published dozens of stories in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Fireside Magazine along with appearances in multiple "year's best" anthologies along with The New Voices of Science Fiction. His first novel Plague Birds was recently published by Apex Books. Born and raised in the American South, Jason currently works in the media industry in the Midwestern United States. His previous experience includes work as an archaeologist and as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His website is www.jasonsanford.com.
Today he tells us about his Six Books
1. What book are you currently reading?
2. What upcoming book are you really excited about?
3. Is there a book you’re currently itching to re-read?
4. How about a book you’ve changed your mind about – either positively or negatively?
Earlier this year I was cleaning out some stuff and found my grandfather's old paperback of Dark Is the Sun. I started reading it and was horrified. The prose was bad (surprising for Farmer) and the story and characters were cliched and wooden. I had to stop reading to avoid spoiling my childhood memories of the book.
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?
My first novel Plague Birds was recently released by Apex Books. Plague Birds is the epic tale of a young woman betrayed into becoming one of the future’s hated judges and executioners, with a killer artificial intelligence bonded to her very blood. The novel is science fiction but reads like fantasy, a melding I've long loved (see my earlier comments about Dark Is the Sun).
I didn't leave anything on the table as I wrote Plague Birds. The story is weird and full of speculation and ideas, all set in a deep, multi-layered world. But the novel is also very much focused on the personal tale of the characters. I think the story will bend and push people in new ways, which is what I want from the fiction I read.
Thank you, Jason!
POSTED BY: Paul Weimer. Ubiquitous in Shadow, but I’m just this guy, you know? @princejvstin.