INTERVIEW: Ken Liu, author of “The Clockwork Soldier”

Ken Liu, author of “The Clockwork Soldier,” discusses the background of his story in this interview featured on SF Signal:

What was the spark for “The Clockwork Soldier”?

I’ve always loved interactive fiction, and I wanted to write a story in the form of a classic text adventure. But no idea ever seemed quite right. Then my friend Jake Kerr proposed an interesting collaboration: he wanted to see if it was possible for a set of writers to work from the same ending and write several different stories—and the ending would be presented first. Though the collaboration didn’t end up happening, the story seed he proposed—having a main character’s revelation of their true identity be both the first and last scene of the story—ended up inspiring me to write this story.

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