Then and Now: Rachel Swirsky, Transitioning from Booklessness to Being Bookful

Rachel Swirsky is among the most talented science fiction/fantasy short story writers working today--one of the new generation that's transforming the genre through a combination of inspiration, renovation, and fresh approaches. She's been nominated for multiple awards, including the Nebula, and attended both iconic genre workshops like Clarion West and iconic mainstream literary workshops like the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Over the summer, Aqueduct Press released a slim sampler: Through the Drowsy Dark. It's not quite the Collected Fiction that the world needs, but it's a start. It also lifted Swirsky out of the state of being bookless--said state having prompted me to interview her for my Conversations with the Bookless feature on my blog back in 2007.

Given the new collection, I thought it'd be interesting to ask Swirsky some of the same questions I asked her back then and juxtapose her answers from when she was bookless to now, when she's bookful. Thus the "now" and "then" responses below, along with some questions specific to this interview...

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Thanks for sharing this interesting post!

Posted by: cheap handbag | Wednesday September 21, 2011 at 1:53 AM

What a fantastic article.I really like reading these types or posts.I can’t wait to see what others have to say.A lot of useful information here.I’m sending it to some friends.It is so interesting to see how some of her answers have changed over these three years and how some fundamental ideas seem to have stayed the same.

Posted by: jinlala | Tuesday August 23, 2011 at 7:02 PM

What a fantastic article.I really like reading these types or posts.I can’t wait to see what others have to say.A lot of useful information here.I’m sending it to some friends.It is so interesting to see how some of her answers have changed over these three years and how some fundamental ideas seem to have stayed the same.

Posted by: Digital piano | Tuesday January 25, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Nice comparison! It's a good thing you kept a copy of the previous interview...

Posted by: Sage Alba | Tuesday January 4, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Thanks for sharing this interesting post!

Posted by: Sage Alba | Tuesday January 4, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Wonderful interview!It is so interesting to see how some of her answers have changed over these three years and how some fundamental ideas seem to have stayed the same. It really gives one insight into the development of the author. Thanks so much for sharing this interview!

Posted by: Historical Romance Books | Sunday January 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

What a fabulous post. These days, I am really selective about what I print out -- only those posts I know I will want to read again and again. This one is definitely print-worthy. Thank you, Jeff - and thank you, Rachel - for an awesome author interview.

Posted by: Ann Douglas | Tuesday December 28, 2010 at 9:47 AM

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