The Burning Skies: An Interview with David J. Williams

With The Mirrored Heavens, David J. Williams made a huge splash in the genre of hard science fiction action-adventure. Fast-paced intrigue, a space elevator, and the devious Autumn Rain organization all made for an auspicious debut. Now Williams is back with The Burning Skies, in which the Autumn Rain organization continues its plotting even as the superpowers try to keep their fragile alliance from falling apart in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. Claire Haskell, a secret agent who can jack her brain into the nets of her enemies, must protect the president of the United States and buy time for other agents to try to thwart the efforts of Autumn Rain. Williams has gotten praise from the likes of Nancy Kress and Peter Watts, and The Burning Skies looks like another great effort from Williams.

I interviewed Williams about the novel recently via email...


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You totally hit the mark with the space battles. I can attest to being thrown out of my comfort zone by many of the unique structural elements in Mirrored Heavens, but the techniques grew on me, and by the time I'd gotten a bit into Burning Skies the whole series kinda clicked into place for me. I've read NO better novel spanning action sequence.

Posted by: Steven Klotz | Friday July 3, 2009 at 1:55 PM

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