I did an interview with some of Australia’s up and coming writers, which is now up at IROSF (thank you Stacey Janssen). Funnily enough, the day we finished this was the day the dust storms started and the sun turned red – some of Deb Biancotti’s photos of the apocalypse are there too. Here’s a taste:
The Coming Dark
Australia, as everyone knows, is at the forefront of the coming environmental apocalypse—hell, we’re located almost directly beneath the hole in the ozone layer (which some of our politicians simply regard as a sunroof). Daily, our newspapers are reporting fires, droughts, floods, cyclones, whacked out weather patterns, soil degradation, desalination, excessive salination, koalas with STDs—you name it, we’ve got it. In short, the wide, brown land is getting wider and browner.
A small chunk (really a thin, dietary slice) of these folk grudgingly agreed to answer some questions whilst waiting for the sun to burn and the moon to crash. So I locked them in a small room, put the kettle on and gave them some homemade biscuits to distract them. The subjects ranged across scary strangling vines, Mad Max, whether the environment really is out to get us, and the Age of the Puffin. The writers gromphing down the custard kisses and jam drops (and muttering about mandatory detention) are Deborah Biancotti, Kaaron Warren, Peter Ball and Jason Fischer.