My friend Charlie Jane Anders has done a fantastic interview of Michael Chabot for Gawker blog io9.com. Focusing on “science fiction and geeky pop culture,” Anders’s interview swerves from fan fiction to marketing issues while deftly avoiding all the usual pablum of author interviews. The only thing I don’t like about it, is that it’s too short.
Here’s a quote from Chabot:
Personally I would prefer to see bookstores shelve all fiction together regardless of genre. Or maybe just have two sections, “Good Stuff” and “Crap.” Into Crap we will consign all novels regardless of genre or reputation that trade in cliche and dead language. If I ever own a bookstore I will do it that way. Only I will just leave out the Crap section.