In New Babylon, leader of the Western alliance of the city-states, armament mogul Kurt Wagner has a secret dream: to build a space station to save mankind. Little does he know that he is the target of competing plots involving geopolitics and black magic. In the background, a film director with a political conscience, a bodyguard with a secret mission, a driver with an occult hobby and a talking bird are trying to make sense of their world, hoping to see their wishes come true—which they will, but not in the way they expected.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I have no preferred time nor routines. I am a very chaotic writer, with no rules to share or advice to give. Must come from my punk and anarchist background.
What is/are your favourite book(s)?
I have about as many favorite books as there are stars in our galaxy. But I will say that I prefer books that challenge me. I am not a comfortable reader, nor a comfort writer. I want to be awed, shocked, provoked. The best books are mini-earthquakes.
Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?
I have written many different genres already. I like to try my hand at something new all the time.
Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes. I take notes on my phone very often.
Which genre(s) do you not like at all?
Romance and Tolkien-inspired Fantasy.
If you had the chance to co-write a book, whom would it be with?
Well, I just did co-write a collection of folk-horror inspired short stories with one of my favorite horror authors, J.S. Breukelaar. So there you go.
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Spain. Because I have never been there, love the languag and it would be like a vacation.
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
My parents, no doubt. They had fantastic bookshelves.
If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
“Based on” is totally fine with me. There is actually a very exciting project around one of my former novels, Missing Signal and I told the director that it would be his film and not my book. I think it’s much more interesting that way. Films shouldn’t respect the book. They have to transform it into something else, something of their own. Unique.
Which character would you like to be in this book?
Waldo, who is a bird. Because he/it is above everything.
Thank you, Seb Doubinsky and Meerkat Press
About the author
Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual writer born in Paris in 1963. His novels, all set in a dystopian universe revolving around competing cities-states, have been published in the UK and in the USA. He currently lives with his family in Aarhus, Denmark, where he teaches at the university.
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