Why did you join the Pets in Space 2 anthology?
I took part in Pets in Space 1 by having a tale in the anthology, editing Pauline Baird Jones’ story, and connecting the anthology to our fantastic artist, Nyssa Juneau. It was great fun to write a story about pets in space and a joy to work with the other authors and read their stories. I could hardly wait to try this again!
If you could bring back one extinct animal, what would it be, and why?
I’d bring back Archaeopteryx—the First Bird. For one thing, I’ve referred to Archaeopteryx in both a published short story (“Wilbur’s White Glider”) and in my novel Downfall Tide. For another thing, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science I’ve seen an actual Archaeopteryx impression, delicate bones sketched in fine-grained pale limestone and the suggestion of feathers. It’s like a small stone ghost. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeopteryx)
If you could create/design an animal, what would it look like and what could it do?
Well, in Mascot, I do just that. . . .
What do you love about writing science fiction romance?
It is a challenge that I really enjoy to combine hard science (astronomy, biology) and plausible engineering with action-adventure and romance. The mind and the heart both get exercise that way, like two partners dancing an intricate dance together.
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