Sue Burke on her next sci-fi novel Interference, colonization, and first contact

See the original posting on The Verge

One of my favorite novels from last year was Sue Burke’s debut, Semiosis, which dealt with a fundamental issue when it comes to meeting aliens for the first time: how do you recognize intelligence, and once you do, how do you coexist with extraterrestrial life that is widely different from us? Later this year, Burke will publish a sequel to Semiosis, Interference, which builds on those questions.

In Semiosis, an expedition from Earth crash-lands on a distant world called Pax. The crash strips the survivors of most of the tools that would have allowed them to easily survive on the world, and they have to start from scratch, figuring out how to deal with native plant life that seems aggressive and uncannily intelligent. Jumping from…

Continue reading…