It’s election time in New Babylon, and President Maggie Delgado is running for re-election but is threatened by the charismatic populist Ted Rust. Newly appointed City Commissioner Georg Ratner is given the priority task to fight the recent invasion of Synth in the streets of the capital, a powerful hallucinogen drug with a mysterious origin. When his old colleague asks him for help on another case and gets murdered, things become more and more complicated, and his official neutrality becomes a burden in the political intrigue he his gradually sucked into. Supported by Laura, his trustful life partner and the Egyptian goddess Nut, Ratner decides to fight for what he believes in, no matter the cost.
1. Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
Yes. I read on my phone a lot, so it,s always with me.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I don’t mind being the bad one, if it’s a good bad one.
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
Anywhere really, but mostly in my study, or in the garden, if it’s a nice day.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Anywhere too, but most likely in a bar.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
It depends on the bookstore. Airport or franchise bookstores do not attract me. I like independent bookstores, with interesting books in the window.
6. What are you most proud of?
My children. They’re better than any book.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
“Wow. It’s for real.”
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If you’re a true writer, you will be often discouraged but you will never give up.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
10. How do you choose the names for your characters?
Good question. I often pick two names at random in books or newspapers.
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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