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An Interview with Cat Rambo

You were also involved in technology professionally as well, working for Microsoft when it was a rapidly expanding company. What sticks out in your memory from your time there?
Working at Microsoft was always a pleasure because of the people. My co-workers were creative, smart, and driven by curiosity. They were terrific.

You have been an early adopter of and experimenter with technologies throughout your writing career, including blogging, podcasting, and social media networks. Recently most of your online interaction seems to stem from Twitter. How did that come about? Was that a conscious decision or did it evolve?
I have been a geek for a long time, and I’m always looking for new ways to procrastinate. I started exploring social networks a few years ago and have written an article about them for the SFWA Bulletin as well as talked about them in panels at cons and taught a class on them.

We couldn’t leave you without asking you which authors do you particularly enjoy reading in the speculative fiction field? What makes their work stand out for you?

I just finished Carol Emshwiller’s The Secret City. I love Emshwiller’s characters as well as the clarity of her language. Next I’m starting Rachel Swirsky’s short story collection from Aqueduct Press, and looking forward to that because I love Rachel’s poetic sensibility and unflinching willingness to look at the darker sides of the human psyche. Other writers whose work I look for include Elizabeth Bear, Karen Joy Fowler, Kay Kenyon, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. LeGuin, Louise Marley, and Connie Willis.

And, of course, we’d like to know what works & publications you have coming up, in addition to your excellent story with us, which people should know about?
I’ve got a couple of stories coming out in Lightspeed, John Joseph Adam’s new magazine, as well as in Daily Science Fiction, Expanded Horizons, and Giganotosaurus. And watch for my steampunk story on Tor.com, which I think will be part of their steampunk month.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us here at Redstone Science Fiction.

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