Hi there. Just finished Turbulence, which I loved. Ending up thinking a lot about the international nature of fandom – I’m an Australian living in Britain growing up on US pop culture which then somehow sorta broke out of the ghetto and became a kind of universal touchpoint in the last few years. So I think I know some of your more obscure references (eg a line in Turbulence ‘and reads manic, dark, deeply post-modern superhero comics written by insane British writers’ – I’m assuming that must be Ellis? Or maybe Moore. Probably Ellis.) And as an Australian I know the cricketing references, Though I clearly don’t know enough about Indian coffee culture.
Which in a roundabout way brings me to my question – Why did you choose London (rather than NY, the source of all comics) as the site for the finale? I have a feeling I know the answer, but I must admit I’m curious. Though from the little I know of Resistance it looks like New York exerted its ineluctable pull.
Yes, definitely Ellis. And Moore. And Morrison. And Ennis too – though he’s Irish, right?
London because…well, mostly because I wanted to set this book in places I knew well, and I’ve never been to NY. Also for the elaborate in-joke that Indians (in culture/entertainment/arts fields, though this would apply to superheroes too) are only taken seriously in India after they’ve made a name for themselves in the West. New York would have worked for this as well, of course, so it was mostly really about knowing London. Both New York and Tokyo play large roles in Resistance, but that’s set in 2020, so I thought it would be all right since I was making up the whole world anyway.
Glad you liked Turbulence!
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