Une interview de Connie Willis

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Connie Willis est en interview ici.

Elle fait un peu le point sur sa carrière.

Petits extraits : "
Let's talk about your career. I'll start with the most obvious question: You've won almost every science fiction award possible, more than any other modern writer, and yet you still aren't a household name. Does this make you crazy?
Connie Willis : Well, yes and no. The thing that makes me crazy is that science fiction is such a wonderful field and so many people tend to dismiss it and say, "Oh, I never read science fiction ... " (But) I have the best of all possible worlds. We just had the World Science Fiction Convention here in Denver, and I was really famous for five straight days. I couldn't walk along the Convention Center without being stopped, and I signed books and heard people say nice things and got lots of attention, and that's about enough. It was time to go home, do the laundry, get back to the business of real life. I guess I have sort of a Presbyterian soul which thinks that somehow too much praise is probably not good for you, so it's best if you try to keep that under control."

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"You once said: "All science fiction writers are really reactionary people. We live in the past. We love books, we love paper, we love pens and ink ... " That's so surprising considering you write about the future.
Connie Willis : Over half of the science fiction writers I know write their novels longhand, as do I with a Big Chief tablet — which is getting harder and harder to find. I use Bic pens that you can buy 10 for a buck during school supply month.
I think one of the reasons science fiction writers are so in love with the present is because they know how many bad things can happen, how many bad directions (in which) we can go. They're always thinking about consequences. Part of the reason they're such nuts about history is because history is where we figure out how things work: what causes wars, what gets us into trouble, what unintended consequences there are to our actions ...

Along those lines, are there any modern technological advances that frighten you?
Connie Willis : I'm not frightened of technology per se. The thing about scientific advances, they're morally neutral. There are always good and bad consequences and then there are always completely unintended consequences.
The thing that makes me the most pessimistic is, I think we're really good at responding to crises. You know, when the flood was coming in Indiana a few months ago, everybody was out with sandbags pitching in. People are really great at that. What they're not so great about is the slow-moving crises. It worries me a lot that global warming is a slow-moving crisis. Are we still going to be squabbling about it as the seas rise and Manhattan's under water?"

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