Felix Gilman on His Novel, The Half-Made World

Felix Gilman's new novel The Half-Made World is a powerful reimagining of the West with amoral characters and a hard-edged Steampunk feel that puts the "punk" back into the subgenre with a vengeance. It also features a strong and compelling female main character in the person of Lyvset Alverhuysen, tons of mad invention, and an ingenious plot. The evocations of landscape, the conflict between the servants of the Gun and the servants of the Line, both of which involve either the supernatural or super-advanced science, the interactions between the characters, are all masterfully written.

Advance praise has been equally effusive, including this blurb from Ursula K. Le Guin: “Vivid and accurate prose, a gripping, imaginative story, a terrifically inventive setting, a hard-bitten, indestructible hero, and an intelligent, fully adult heroine---we haven’t had a science-fiction novel like this for a long time.”

I asked Gilman if he'd tell Omnivoracious readers a little bit about the genesis of the novel. Here's his answer...


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