Angry Robot Books, the science fiction thriller revolves around a drug which amplifies human abilities and gives its users telepathic powers. “It started out as a short story, actually, and then it did evolve quite a bit. Throughout, my rules were that it had to be a compelling read that was hard to put down, that it had to say something interesting about technology, and the present day. Hopefully I succeeded.” The biggest challenge was in depicting individuals whose motives are not clearly defined as being right or wrong. “I don’t really find most villains believable. Most people don’t think of themselves as bad guys and aren’t out to take over the world. People act from convictions that they think are moral; it was important to me to take that approach in Nexus. I wanted every character to have good reasons for what they were doing; that meant adding some scenes to flesh out some of the characters who the reader is most likely to see as villains. What I’m hearing from readers is that it worked – that the book does a good job painting a picture of many people, all trying to do what they think is right regarding this incredibly powerful new technology, and coming into conflict with each other over that.”
Many thanks to Ramez Naam for taking the time for this interview and be sure to read our book review of Nexus.
Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and writer who currently resides in Canada.