Just about four years ago I started writing Catskinner’s Book.
I didn’t have any real plan when I started it. I had a narrator and his shadow self, and a desire to play around with some of the ideas that William Burroughs used in his Nova Express novels. I liked the idea of an alien invasion viewed as an infestation of informational parasites. I knew that I wanted to write about people who had become something other than human as a result of the choices that they had made.
I had a bunch of other influences, Phillip Dick, George Alec Effinger, Tim Powers, Samuel Delany, Robert Anson Wilson, Clive Barker. I was playing the whole thing by ear. Mixing things at random to watch the reactions. Mostly I wanted to recapture the feel of the New Wave Science Fiction that I remembered from my youth.
The tale grew in the…
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