I'd been invited to participate in a radio blog chat about the relatiionships between science fiction and science. What is time? How did I have a modern youth co-exist with a man 20,000 years in the past? Did he time travel or was some kind of quantum entanglement facilitate this cunning double time arrangement? Such were the questions hurled at me last night on the radio.
We were talking about the science fiction mystery novel, Exit, Pursued by a Bee. It was a topological global experience of some undertaking. I was on the telephone in the UK, Magdelena Ball was on her phone in Australia and the organisation - blogtalk radio was coordinating and transmitting from NYC! I'd persuaded my family not to snigger and cough during the live broadcast, and I'd commanded the Akita Shepherds next door to hold back on their barking for at least half an hour. I was more nervous than a worm in a fishery but Maggie eased me into the experience with a pre-show informal chat.
So if you would like to listen to my English Gloucestershire accent reading a short excerpt of Exit, Pursued by a Bee, and nattering about the nature of time, science ficiton and the future of Escape Velocity magazine, then the link is here
there is a slip of the tongue in my talk. i mention escape velocity being 25,000 miles per (er um ) second when of course it is per hour but hey ho, it keeps the nerds happy to spot an error. Hey, I'm a nerd too!