Justina Robson is the author of eight novels (four in the Quantum Gravity series), she’s a grad of York University (linguistics and philosophy). She’s also a Clarion survivor (of the West variety) She was recently a guest of honour at Swancon in Perth and was amusing, gracious, very smart and highly entertaining. She’s been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award (for Silver Screen and Mappa Mundi),for the BSFA Award, and she was a John W Campbell Award finalist.
Her short fiction has been collected by Ticonderoga Publications in the wonderful and clever Heliotrope, launched at Swancon in April 2011 (go, get a copy). She stands firmly and uncompromisingly on the side of the danish.
1. If I didn’t write, I would …
… spend ALL my free time playing games. Probably try to train to be some kind of therapist.
2. I hate being a writer when …
… I’m all alone in the office, it’s time to write and I have no distractions.
3. You get to be whichever fictional character you like for a day; you can go anywhere and anywhen: who do you choose, where and when do you go and who is your travelling companion?
Lila Black. My companion would be Zal the elf and we’d go for an adventure with Dr Who in the Tardis. (either Tom Baker or David Tennant)
4. What are the five stories you wish you’d written?
Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons. Ludo and the Star Horse, by Mary Stewart. Kraken, by China Mieville. Sabriel, by Garth Nix. The Last Wish, by Andrzej Sapkowski.
5. Donuts or danishes?
Danishes. Don’t be crazy.
She doth bloggeth here.