I like to think I can be just as good at blowing up things as I am at crafting relationships between characters. I went out of my way to try to tell a story that was a little more unusual because I didn’t want to bring anything that was weak to the table as a female writer. You don’t want to be a woman writer about whom people could say ‘a woman can’t write science fiction.’ I think that in that way it very much spurred me to do the best work that I could. But I didn’t add more romance because I was a woman or anything like that.

you were the tall blonde with a mythical stone tool, standing right next to your brooding brother.

let me know if you want to talk about wormholes and science.