I asked for questions, and you came up with some great ones! I’ll be sprinkling the answers over the next couple weeks.
Jemi Fraser asks: What was the first book you remember really catching your attention as a kid? Star Wars or Star Trek? 🙂
Aliens wiped my brain of all memories before age 12, so I’m not really sure if I read children’s books. However, I remember being enthralled with Asimov’s Foundation series and Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land around that age. These are not children’s books, but I was already an advanced nerd. What fascinated me was the building of an entirely different universe, with strange social constructs and different philosophical understandings of how humans should relate to one another. I probably didn’t use those words at the time … but then again, I might have. Nerd, I know.
And Star Wars or Star Trek? What kind of Sophie’s Choice is that? How about Star Trek the Reboot and Star Wars the Original Series? Seriously, don’t make me pick …
LeishaMaw asks: If you had ten minutes to save the world from a giant turtle, what would you do?
followed by Danette asking: Why would a giant turtle want to destroy the world? I think he’s just been misunderstood… How would you, Susan, find a way to communicate to the turtle that he may be causing some destruction so that he will quit? Do you speak Turtle?
I speak the universal language of all giant invading creatures: SAMs (surface to air missiles). If that doesn’t get my point across, or the Turtle has an unusually hard shell, I would scramble a launch of the world’s supply of watermelons. I hear turtles are quite fond of them:
While the Turtle is busy chewing, I’ll recruit a delegation of Earth based turtles to negotiate a treaty on the behalf of the humans. I’ll be sure to include conditions about not using humans as food, and I won’t be tricked by some silly cookbook that says To Serve Man.
That should take care of it. Don’t you feel safer already?
p.s. The gracious Kai Strand interviewed me, over at her blog Strands of Thought.