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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ALAN DEAN FOSTER
A GAME INTO
Alan Dean Foster (A New York Times
bestselling author) is a science fiction and fantasy writer . He did
several movie adaptation, including Alien, The Last Starfighter
and Star Wars (as a ghostwriter for George Lucas).
Did you always
knew that you wanted to be a writer?
Yes. It was a story about
an aluminum Christmas tree that was thrown out with the trash...and
took root, and grew. Nice idea, not enough story.
In science-fiction: Eric Frank Russell, Murray Leinster, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Arthur Clarke, R.A. Lafferty. Non SF: Herman Melville, Carl Barks, Jorge Amado.
Ok. Now let's talk about The Dig. How did the path of an adventure game crossed with your own path?
I was asked by the U.S. publisher if I would adapt the game.
Was the game on development while you were writing the novel?
Yes. While writing the book, I had to make changes to match the changes in the game.
Did you meet or talked with Sean Clark or any other at the LucasArts team?
I talked with Sean Clark a couple of times.
What interested you about the story of The Dig?
It was basically about science, specifically archeology, and required players to think about that as opposed to just game-playing.
Was any of the characters more difficult to develop than the others?
The aliens were not especially well drawn (no pun intended). I worked hard to preserve their "mystery" while still trying to make them real personalities.
Do you feel identified with any of the characters?
I identify with almost any scientist in a story (except the "mad" ones).
Have you seen
images from the game before starting writing the novel or did you just
imagined your own version of the characters and Cocytus?
Do you speak German? Because a few The Dig fans who speak German and others who are Germans spotted a couple of errors on Ludger Brink's vocabulary in your novel.*
Actually, I do speak
German (although not very well). I didn't pay much attention to Brink's
vocabulary because I didn't want to mess with that aspect of the game.
It seemed to fit the story better.
Was there any part of the book you had to re-write over and over?
I honestly can't recall (this was more than a week ago, remember).
Have you played the game? What do you think about it?
I haven't played it. I love what has been done with videogames, but I simply have no time for them.
Ok, let's talk
a little bit about writing now. Do you have a favorite place for writing?
What is your favorite book?
In modern SF, that would be Eric Frank Russell's NEXT OF KIN. Funniest piece of SF ever written. I'm also partial to his MEN, MARTIANS, AND MACHINES. Outside the genre, MOBY DICK. But my all-time, all-around favorite is Arthur Conan Doyle's THE LOST WORLD.
And of all the books you wrote what is your favorite?
Never ask an artist to
appraise their own work...they invariably do a bad job of it. I would
have to list the MIDWORLD books, MAORI, PRIMAL SHADOWS, GLORY LANE,
and the SPELLSINGER series among my favorites.
What advice would you give to wanna be writers?
Read everything in the field in which you intend to write. Write a little bit (even a paragraph) every single day.
The following questions where suggested
March 7, 2005
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