The awesome Charles Tan interviews the equally awesome Aliette de Bodard … this is from a series of interviews featuring the contributors of The Apex Book of World SF edited by Lavie Tidhar. Filled with readish goodness …
Hi Aliette! Thanks for agreeing to do the interview. First off, how did you first become acquainted with speculative fiction?
In a stealthy way, mostly. I read and enjoyed a lot of it as a child (notably Tanith Lee’s Black Unicorn, Patricia McKillip’s The Changeling Sea, and Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain), but without making much of a difference between those books and, say, an Agatha Christie or an Alexandre Dumas.
It wasn’t until I got London (when I was 16) that I became aware that all those books were all in the same genre–and that I could find the books those had been inspired by or that they had inspired by looking along the same row of library shelves. That was when I started reading widely in the genre and acquainting myself with the classic works of SF and Fantasy.
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