The Speculative Fiction Showcase interviews Daniel Solomon Kaplan, author of Elevated, out now.
Would you rather see your stories on the big screen or the little screen?
IMAX screen, with a subwoofer rattling fillings out of my teeth.
Do you own copies of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings DVDs? The extended version? Do you ever watch them?
I'm a huge fan of the extended versions, both from the added character moments, but also the amazing behind-the-scenes features. I've seen every feature and listen to the commentaries. I love hearing artists discuss their craft.
Have you seen the first two parts of the The Hobbit? Are you planning to see the final installment?
I did see the first two parts, and I enjoyed them quite a lot. I'm worried the final installment might be too much in the grand battle tradition, which is not my taste. Return of the King was also my least favorite of the original trilogy for the same reason. Just not into that much action. Give me the angsty inner struggle of Gollum over epic army conflicts any day. I know, not a typical guy here.
I'm a foodie and love a wide variety of cuisine. My particular favorites are Mediterranean and Thai. Willing to try most anything once.
Do you cook? What is your best/favorite/most popular recipe?
I do cook. As I said I'm a bit of a foodie, so my favorite recipe is five spice chicken with grapefruit and avocado salsa. Don't judge it until you've tried it, ok?
My tiny apartment porch allows me to grow some herbs, which my wife and I mostly keep alive. Mostly.
Nah, my muse is my loveable drunk roommate. Always around, but sometimes I have to splash a bucket of water to get him off the couch and start working.
I feel we are coming off a tidal wave of stories with a dystopian setting. While I enjoy the thought experiments in those stories, I also find many of the worlds too extreme to immerse myself in the story. With Elevated, I tried to picture a flawed world, but not fundamentally ruined. In some ways, it’s quite tricky as I have a protagonist who begins the book very much against the system of the world, but she and the reader find out it’s a much more complex situation than it first appears.