Stephen Baxter interview, on sci-fi and Terry Pratchett
Baxter's been a loved author of mine since I read Raft the first time, so many years ago. Alas I have the habit of thinking "Baxter's great, so I won't read this book of his now because I know it'll probably be really good, so I'll save it for later and read this more unknown novel instead." Reading the interview where Arthur C Clarke enthuses about how good The Time Ships is has at least made me rethink that odd position, specifically by reading Time Ships sometime sooner rather than later.
His work with Pratchett is interesting. I read their co-authored work The Long Earth shortly after reading Pratchett's The Dark Side of the Sun and I have to say, I wasn't all that enthused by the latter. When I got to The Long Earth I was surprised by how readable it was (coming off Dark Side) and also how it didn't sound particularly like either author. It was fun and adventuresome, rather than having this hard sci-fi feel, and without the quirks and cavorting of Pratchett's novels. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
And, of course, Baxter's hard sci-fi solo work.