Author Interview: Emanuel Blume

To have a multicultural crew comes quite naturally when it’s an international expedition. I’ve still gotten the a bit bizarre question if it “isn’t a bit too P.C.” to have that many cultures (and women!) represented  in the crew.

Emanuel Blume
Author of Nomadplaneten

Back in May I read a book called Nomadplaneten [eng.: The Nomad Planet], it is now one of the few sci-fi stories I’ve read and I was impressed. It deals with a lot of questions and themes that are relevant today and I wanted to know more. Luckily the author, Emanuel Blume, is such a nice person that he took time to answer the few questions I had. So if you want to know more about the background to a story that deals with the effects of climate change, terrorism, multiculturalism and international cooperation, this might very well interest you.

Note: The interview is translated into English since it was done in Swedish. I am not a professional translator.

Interview with Emanuel Blume
Author of Nomadplaneten

Q: Nomadplaneten discusses very relevant subjects – global warming, terrorism and international cooperation – despite the fact it is set a 100 years into the future. Are these subjects you feel strongly about and what would you do to avoid a scenario like that described in Nomadplaneten?


A: I’m working in the environmental field and have an education in environmental physics, so it most certainly are subjects close to my heart. But the thought with Nomadplaneten was not that it would be a story saying “we need to save the world”, but how we would react if we actually couldn’t. Would we deny everything? Would we mourn? Blame each other? And what happens then? Exactly like the main character Jonathan has to deal with his loss. I don’t want to tell the reader that this or that is important for the community or planet, there are so many doing that already. People usually know what’s needed, it isn’t that hard really and it’s about each generation living a life that gives the next generation the same opportunities to an equally good life. Details about carbon dioxide, eating meat, natural resources, peace and solidarity etc. can be found to read about in a thousand other places.

Q: Has it required a lot of preparatory work to create the story? What has been most difficult?

A: It required quite a lot of preparatory work, I read a lot about both astronomy and climate change and calculated quite a lot on how fast the spaceship would have to travel, what the gravity would be when Gilead would need to be discovered and so on. The first version of the manuscript was a lot heavier with facts and it was hard to take away that much that had taken time to research, but it would’ve been too heavy otherwise. A lot of it is still there, between the lines.

The most difficult part was to portray the people. I’ve written a lot of scientific reports and similar while studying, so that I was used to, but I was afraid I wouldn’t manage to portray believable human beings. Emotions, wills, personalities and all of those things. I still think that is the most difficult part.

/…/ the thought with Nomadplaneten was not that it would be a story saying “we need to save the world”, but how we would react if we actually couldn’t.

Emanuel Blume
Author of Nomadplaneten

Q: I applaud your decision to have such a multicultural and faceted crew. If you’d had yet another crew member, what kind of person would that be?

A: To have a multicultural crew comes quite naturally when it’s an international expedition. I’ve still gotten the a bit bizarre question if it “isn’t a bit too P.C.” to have that many cultures (and women!) represented  in the crew. I’d rather say it is a consciously made quota to get in more people from the Nordic countries (three of eight crew members are from the Nordic countries), mostly because I myself is from there and wanted to get a bit more of that perspective. If I had put in another crew member (execpt Hernàndez, who were supposed to be) it would probably have been another American, a Japanese or maybe an Icelander. Maybe someone from an Asian highland, like Kazakhstan. It would have needed too be a country that hadn’t been too impacted by the global warming.

Q: Lastly I want to ask what writing plans you have next?

A: I have a new idea for a novel that I plan on starting writing in November, during NaNoWriMo. But it will be a while before it is done, and as a minor project I acutally plan on releasing a series of read short stories on Storytel, with an exciting overarching plot connecting them. Most of the short stories I’ve already written, most of them being something between sci-fi and thriller. Maybe release them once a week for two months, like a series. No dates decided on yet, but it would be fun to release the first around New Year!

BONUS Q: Have you ever visited Finland?

A: Sadly not. I sang together with a guy from Finland a long time ago, and we talked a bit about going to Finland to play, but it never happened. It would have been very fun. I visited the Faroe Islands this summer and would like to experience more of the Nordic countries.

Thank you so much to Emanuel Blume for agreeing to this interview!


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Author Guest Post: K.S. Villoso

Last month I read K.S. Villoso’s Jaeth’s Eye and I was amazed by the world building and the diversity of the world. I asked a few questions and wondered if she’d like to write a guest post about the world. And she said yes! Today is also the release day of both part two and three of this story. I cannot wait to start reading them!

Even if you haven’t read Jaeth’s Eye, you’re just interested in world building, I recommend you to read this. You can tell she loves the world she spent so much time creating.

The Role of Agan in The World of The Agartes Epilogues

The world of The Agartes Epilogues is closely connected to another plane, from which a substance called agan (loosely translated to “blood,” “lifestream,” or “life-force,” depending on who you ask) flows through certain channels, including every living thing (though the connection is very weak for most). Large, natural connections to agan can be found all across the world—connections which can allow the agan to be drawn and transported, like oil. There are also certain people born with a distinct affinity to the agan, to which they can tap into at will—“magic,” some will say, although it really is a lot more complicated than the word will suggest.

Agan allows skilled users to manipulate the physical world in all sorts of ways, from the creation of fire to breathing life to the undead. But the substance is volatile—unskilled users can cause damage to themselves and their surroundings—and creating connections can weaken the fabric separating the physical world from the other plane, allowing more instabilities to occur. This has not stopped certain countries from manipulating it to their advantage. The Empire of Dageis, for example, has taken mastery of the agan to an extreme, including the use of slaves and mage-thralls (lower class citizens with a connection to the agan themselves) as resources. Slaves can get tattoos that enhances a mage’s ability to tap into their lifestream, a process that often drains or kills them.

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