Interview: Simon Green

Tell us a bit about your story.  What’s it about?

If you’ve got a planet that’s too dangerous for people, send people in armoured suits. But what kind of people could live in such conditions, inside a suit of armour, and not go crazy? People who’d see that as a step up…

What was the genesis of the story–what was the inspiration for it, or what prompted you to write it?

Just the idea of who could live inside an armoured suit, and, the kind of people who’d put them in there.

Was this story a particularly challenging one to write? If so, how?

All stories are challenging, or you shouldn’t be writing them. In this case; it was all about getting inside the protagonist’s head.

Most authors say all their stories are personal.  If that’s true for you, in what way was this story personal to you?

There’s some autobiography in this story, suitably disguised. It’s all about the metaphor.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

Reading science fiction for most of my life.

What is the appeal of power armor/mecha? Why do so many writers–or you yourself–write about it? Why do you think readers/viewers/gamers love it so much?

Armour make big! Strong! Do appalling things behind a metal mask so they can’t see it’s you!

What are some of your favorite examples of power armor/mecha (in any media), and what makes them your favorites?

Like everyone else, I loved the first Iron Man film, but I think my favourite armoured character has to be Warren Ellis’ version of Machine Man, in his Next Wave mini series. “My robot brain demands beer! Lick my diodes!”