David Liss on 'Randoms'
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Anxiety makes everything better.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. That I get to make a living doing things I love.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. James T. Kirk. The first one.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Cthulhu. An octopus-headed insane deity who wants to destroy everything? What's not to like?
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd go with Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the creator of the legendary Golem of Prague. Mainly I'd ask him to walk me through the ins and outs of golem manufacturing.
May 26, 2015My forthcoming novel, Randoms, is not only my firstbook for younger readers, it’s also my first science fiction novel, and in someways it is long overdue. I grew upreading almost nothing but science fiction, fantasy, and horror – and while I’vewritten in those other genres, Randoms is my first time indulging inspace ships, aliens, space battles, futuristic technology, and ray guns.
Sometimes you don’t know how you become interested insomething, but once in a while you can nail down the precise moment. For me, it was when I was about six yearsold, watching Star Trek reruns with my step brother. It was the... see more