Which sci.fi. book do you like?

Alephi is going to celebrate the December month as the month of Sci.Fi. writers. We ask one small question to the Sci.Fi. writers worldwide…

Sue Burke is a writer and translator who has lived in Milwaukee, Austin, Madrid, and is now in Chicago. She has published short stories and articles in a variety of magazines and anthologies, and her novel Semiosis will be published by Tor in January 2018. Her translations include the novels Prodigies by Angélica Gorodischer (Small Beer Press) and The Twilight of the Normidons by Sergio Llanes (Dokusou), and stories in the anthologies Terra Nova and Castles in Spain (Sportula), and Spanish Women of Wonder (Palabaristas), along with an ongoing blog translation of the medieval Spanish novel Amadis of Gaul. Twitter:@SueBurkeSpain. Blog:mount-oregano.livejournal.com  Website:sue.burke.name 


Alephi: Which sci.fi. book do you like?

Sue Burke : I like a lot of books and a lot of different kinds of books. I think that’s important. Science fiction is a conversation among ideas, and to see that discussion, you have to read different stories told in different ways. For example, the book I read most recently, A Cuban Science fiction writer Yoss’s “A Planet for Rent,” is about aliens who have colonized Earth, and the book considers what that means for humans. Another book might look at how humans fight against conquest. Yet another, such as Ted Chiang’s “The Story of Your Life” (the movie “Arrival”) shows what we can learn from each other and how hard that will be. These are all great stories. The idea of aliens — and exploration, scientific development, technological change… – are so rich, we can tell endless stories. I can like an endless number of books.




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