It came from Tony Clavelli

Tony Clavelli’s story “The Sound Barrier” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 April 2016. There’s a sort of subgenre in SF that I call “future impossible jobs.” It is fun to imagine what people will be doing for work when new opportunities arise, but even more fun to imagine the kinds of problems those people will face. When I began writing “The Sound Barrier,” my girlfriend had recently acquired an incredibly incompetent coworker. She…

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The Sound Barrier – Tony Clavelli

The airlock releases with a clank and a cough and she’s out. Sunghee Cho floats down as the first of the Valiant’s crew to touch the surface. The ground crunches and she slides, scraping along the ice. The rover shuttle waits a short distance away, a hulking windowless box on caterpillar treads. The whole walk is unnecessary. There’s a jetway to the transport. It was how I arrived. But despite the radiation risk, people prefer…

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A question for Tony Clavelli

Q: Do you ever feel bad for what you put your characters through?

A: I sometimes feel awful for what happens to my characters, but I don’t feel responsible. I like to think of their trajectories as inevitable. However, I’ll occasionally stay up late at night trying to think of ways to unhurt people who don’t exist. I think if I don’t feel bad, then I didn’t write the character well enough.


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