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My Interview of Lauren Beukes

August 9, 2010

A while back, I wrote a review of Lauren Beukes‘ first novel Moxyland (2008).  As it turned out, I rather liked its take on the post-cyberpunk genre as pioneered by William Gibson’s novel Pattern Recognition (2002).  What I liked about Moxyland was its cynicism.  Indeed, it struck me that while Gibson thought that online artists and Wired journalists are fundamentally interesting and cool people, Beukes thought that they were a collection of utter pricks.  A position that is much closer to mine.

Fast forward a few months and I was asked to interview Lauren on behalf of the British Science Fiction Association as a part of a whistle-stop tour of the UK promoting both Moxyland and her second novel Zoo City (2010), which I have read but did not like anywhere near as much as Moxyland.

Anyway, it turns out that the estimable Del Lakin-Smith has put the interview online here so you can now all listen to it and snicker at my hideously high-pitched voice.  Yes… I know… I sound like the evil toon at the end of Roger Rabbit.  Ugh.

One Comment
  1. August 9, 2010 11:42 pm

    You sound alarmingly like someone I went to university with. Do you have a secret other identity as a Delmore Schwartz expert?
    (By which I mean that that was a good interview and I’m looking forward to reading both of Beukes’ books.

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