Self-interview, have you?

I do.


Talk about yourself, you will?

Yes. Sort of.


What about you, say?

I am supposed to talk about a book.


Allegiant? Just came out, that did.  Or Hill William, looking forward I am?

No, actually, it’s a book I wrote. It’s called Orphans.


Big man you are.

Big man seems strong.


Humble, don’t be, become you, does not.

Well, it’s just that I don’t think you’ve probably heard about it.


Read, I don’t? 

I didn’t say that.


Too good for me, book is?

I definitely didn’t say that.


Book I’ve never heard of, tell me.

It’s about the relationship between work and family, how things can get so warped when family and work need so much. How we can feel trapped by both. And how in a future Chicago work is so sparse you have to take what you can get. But at what cost? In this case the protagonist is given the chance to sell real estate on Mars, but to do so he has to be away from his family for months at a time.


Orphans, why name that you?

My feeling was that in this world, we are all orphaned, by family, by work, and by society, because in this world we can all be replaced.


True, always, for everyone, yes? 

True, but in this case there are these clones called Terraxes and they literally replace you at your home, and in your bed, while you’re away for work.


Science fiction, it is?

It is, I didn’t want to repeat myself, so I decided to play around with that genre. It was very freeing. I also thought it might help me expand my audience beyond my mom and wife.


Smart you are.

I hope so.


Inspirations, what yours? 

I was inspired by The Martian Chronicles, but also Death of a Salesman, Glenngary Glenn Ross, and Bartleby the Scrivener. Silver Surfer. And The Empire Strikes Back of course.


Of course. Interesting, it sounds.

It is interesting, I know you will like it.


I will, when reviewed in the The New York Times Book Review, will read.

You could be waiting awhile.


Time have I.


BEN TANZER is the author of the books My Father’s HouseYou Can Make Him Like YouSo Different Now, Orphans, and Lost in Space, among others. He also oversees day to day operations of This Zine Will Change Your Life, directs Publicity and Content Strategy for Curbside Splendor, and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Lifethe center of his growing lifestyle empire.

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