An Interview with Eric Choi About Alternative Histories

In this interview with Eric Choi, we examine the interweaving of Eric’s roles as an aerospace engineer and science fiction writer and the way that he breaks down the barriers between the arts and sciences. We examine Eric’s work looking at alternative histories and imagining a world that could have turned out differently if not for chance moments in time. If you are looking for an interview that digs into the science of science fiction and the speculation of speculative fiction, this is the one for you!

Eric Choi (he/him) is a Hong Kong born writer, editor, and aerospace engineer based in Toronto, Ontario. He was the first recipient of the Isaac Asimov Award (now the Dell Magazines Award) for his novelette “Dedication”, has twice won the Prix Aurora Award for his short story “Crimson Sky” and the Chinese-themed speculative fiction anthology The Dragon and the Stars (DAW) co-edited with Derwin Mak, and received a Sidewise Award for his alternate history novelette “A Sky and a Heaven”. With the late Ben Bova, he co-edited the hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens (Tor). His short fiction collection Just Like Being There (Springer Nature) was released in 2022. He was one of the Top 40 finalists (out of 5,351 applicants) in the 2009 astronaut recruitment campaign of the Canadian Space Agency. Please visit his or follow him on social @AerospaceWriter.

Interviewed by Derek Newman-Stille MA, PhD (ABD) (they/them)

Derek Newman-Stille

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