1430084325We are closing in on the Dog Star Books/Raw Dog Screaming Press invasion of Cleveland ConCoction on March 11! This is our first trip to the con and we’re looking forward to it! We’ll be participating in panels, throwing a party and celebrating the launch of two books! As we continue the countdown clock,_CK06b let’s meet some of the authors who will be in attendance.

K.W. Taylor’s first science fiction novel, The Curiosity Killers, will be released by Dog Star Books in 2016. She graduated from the Writing Popular Fiction MFA program at Seton Hill University in 2015. Taylor teaches college English and Women’s Studies in Dayton, Ohio

What’s your favorite scifi novel and why?

kindredMy absolute favorite SF novel is Kindred, by Octavia Butler, because of all the time travel novels I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot!), this one really demonstrates serious historical research, attention to detail, and reaches readers on so many different levels. I’m a big proponent of the idea that time travel fiction is a great way to process cultural trauma, by revisiting a moment of historical pain and seeing it through the lens of a contemporary character. Just fabulous stuff in this book about race, gender, class, and history.

Name your favorite character from a scifi movie and why?

I’ve done a lot of scholarly work on Walter Tevis’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (including some grad school papers and teaching the novel in a literature course repeatedly), but bowie_man-who-fell-to-earthDavid Bowie’s portrayal of Thomas Jerome Newton in the film is exquisite in its awkward, androgynous innocence, madness, and ultimately despair. We don’t often see first contact film and literature from the point of view of the alien trying to assimilate into Earth society–at least not quite this deeply–and the resulting portrait is not a flattering one of humanity’s propensity for exploitation. This particular story is so much different than Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, too, as it mines human propensity for corruption via substance abuse to great effect.

What’s your favorite piece of technology from a scifi movie or tv show that has now become a reality?

ziggyIn Quantum Leap, the project computer, Ziggy, was accessed via a little device that looked like a very trippy calculator and was called a “handlink.” Of course, today, this is so eerily like a smart phone in size, shape, and capability. Essentially, when Al accessed Ziggy’s databases, he had the whole internet literally in the palm of his hand.taylor

Thanks K.W. Taylor! See you in Cleveland! Find out more about K.W. here:
Twitter: @kwtaylorwriter
The Curiosity Killers at Dog Star Books.