Q: What the heck does Novodantis mean?
A: The Novodantis is the time-travelling craft from 3.2.C (the 32nd century) in my work-in-progress novel “Chronozone Zero”. Which in turn was named after something that rocked 2.1.C, possibly a website maybe.
Q: What’s with the red star? Or that flag you have everywhere? Are you a Communist?
A: The flag is of the People’s Republic of Arkonia, from Kudia, and the red star has long been my favourite emblem. It’s universally acknowledged as a symbol of socialism, which I am partial to, but mostly I use it because I like it asthetically. But while I’m too politically nihilistic to be a Communist, I prefer it to Capitalism. They have the best beards.
Q: Who are your biggest influences?
A: Ian M. Banks, Robert Heinlein, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman, to name a few. I love the artwork of Dresden Codak / Aaron Diaz; the music of an eclectic assortment of artists from Pink Floyd to Pendulum; and the comedy of Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey & Steve Hughes. I have been influenced heavily by more computer games than I could ever mention here (although Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy VIII and the Total War games are personal favourites). My university flatmate Rik (and colleague Roger) taught me just about everything good I know about coding. And I blame my mother for my recurring gender-equality themes.
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: Composing arrangements of high-level computer instructions and supplementing them with two-dimensional arrays of 32-bit indexed pixels. If you call that ‘living’…