5 QUESTIONS: Peter F Hamilton, author of Night Without Stars
Following the astonishing The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Night Without Stars is the epic second and final part to Peter F. Hamilton's Chronicle of the Fallers. Peter visited the blog to answer our burning questions.
1. How did you get into writing, and why Science Fiction?
Writing was always something I'd considered doing, the idea (Impulse?) to start grew steadily during my twenties, so I eventually went out and bought a typewriter. As to why SF, it was the genre I enjoyed reading the most, so in my mind that was the obvious field to write in
2. From your early novels featuring Greg Mandel through to your latest, Night Without Stars, it’s been clear that worldbuilding is a big part of your stories. How important is this to you?
Very! It's all very well to have a plot, but unless the setting is one which is plausible the story becomes unbelievable. Putting a fully functional world / universe together is my first priority, I'll spend months making sure all the aspects work together.
3. One of your strengths is giving us multiple characters offering a variety of viewpoints. But how do you decide on the different voices that will be necessary to tell the story?
It's a chicken and egg situation. I like to provide as much balance to a story as possible, everyone has a reason for doing what they do, and just because I personally don't share their opinion doesn't mean it's not valid. So main characters are chosen for their outlook on what's happening, which in turn gives them their behaviour and motivation, which colours their voice.
4. There’s been a greater output of quality science fiction TV shows and mini-series of late – both from original ideas and novel adaptions. Do you have a favourite among these, or any you’d recommend? And have any recent films caught your attention?
I've just finished binge-watching Stranger Things on Netflix, which I liked. I haven't got round to watching The Expanse, and I'll probably take a look at the new Star Trek series when it comes out. In films, my son is a huge Star Wars fan -I don't take much persuading to take him to the cinema for that.
5. And finally, speaking of our next fix, can you give us any titbits on what you’re working on now?
It's called the Salvation Sequence, which will be a trilogy. It's set in a completely new universe.
Night Without Stars is out now.