George R Stewart's Earth Abides
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U.C. Berkeley interviews with George R. Stewart on the writing process
It’s a long interview (336 pages!) in it he discusses Earth Abides. From a PA perspective he talks about the research he undertook, for example about the corrosion that would happen to the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are a geeky PA fan like me you might find it of interest. I have only read the earth Abides stuff which starts on page 179.
He also mentions his motivation for the characters, this is a quick excerpt:
“...The human race as an abstraction is not really interesting, you see. It's the individual human beings you're attached to, and if you consider, they'll all be dead in a hundred years any-way, I don't think most people really know what they're thinking about when they talk about the human race. Faceless thing, really. It's the individual people that matter, Maybe I ' m just not idealistic enough...”
(All literary rights in the manuscript, including the right to publish, are reserved to The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley. Excerpts up to 1000 words from this interview may be quoted for publication without seeking permission as long as the use is non-commercial and properly cited.)
After reading the interview I now need to re-read the book!
Something that has struck me as I've been moving (very slowly) through The World Without Us (I don't do very well with nonfiction) is the way in which Stewart--albeit in a less thoroughly researched/scientific way--sort of takes the same approach to how the both the natural world and man-made edifices might react.
I don't do well with nonfiction.