Today we reach into the cosmic handbag and pull out an interview with Deborah Walker’s ‘Aunty Merkel’ from Issue 3.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? When you get to my age, my dear, the greatest happiness is in watching your family do well.
- On what occasion do you lie? I never lie. Sometimes the world lies, but there are ways of getting around that.
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I wouldn’t say I overused any expression. But ‘least said, soonest mended’ is a phrase I might mention, from time to time.
- What is your most treasured possession? Mr Tegmark, my darling Sphynx cat. I’ve had him forever.
- What is your most marked characteristic? Fortitude in the face of entropy.
- How would you like to die? I don’t really think that question’s applicable to me, my dear.
- What is your motto? To know the future is to change it.
Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find Deborah in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog. Her stories have appeared in Nature Magazine’s Futures, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction and The Year’s Best SF 18.
‘Aunty Merkel’ can be found in Pulp Literature Issue 3, Summer 2014, available on our Kickstarter page.