Brian's 2010 BLOG TOUR
November 1, 2010:
EKA: I love that your aliens are so ridiculously polite, and yet I still want to punch them in the face. What made you approach the antagonists from this angle?
BY: My weird sense of humor. I thought it was kind of funny that these very deadly and murderous aliens would be so polite. Also, this contradiction made them more vivid to me. Also, I’ve met a few people in my time who will smile very politely while they cut your throat. I speak metaphorically, of course.
—Interview with BRIAN YANSKY,
author of ALIEN INVASION & OTHER INCONVENIENCES,
at The Hate-Mongering Tart,
blog of E. Kristin Anderson.
November 2, 2010
BY: How To Prepare for an Alien Invasion:
How do you prepare for an Alien Invasion?
That’s the short answer.
—Author Guest Post: Brian Yansky
helps us prepare for an alien invasion
from The Fiction Enthusiast.
Read Christine's review.
November 4, 2010
Anne: What are some of your inspirations?
BY: I’m inspired by small and large things. The telepathic aliens in my novel take over the world in ten seconds. They have this telepathic power that we humans (at least at the beginning of my novel) don’t have. But they’re arrogant about just how strong they are.
One of my themes is, in fact, how the very powerful can be arrogant of other cultures and how this often leads to the destruction of those cultures. And sometimes the consequences of this arrogance aren’t so good for the powerful either. So one inspiration for this novel is human history. Thank you arrogant and powerful leaders of the past and present. Also, old Star Treks inspire me and many, many authors, from Kurt Vonnegut and Octavia Butler to Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling and Terry Prachett and on and on.
—Brian Yansky: The Interview
at Potter, Percy and I.
November 6, 2010
Danielle: ...Author Brian Yansky is stopping by There’s A Book today to talk about his favorite childhood book(s). I’m always interested to learn which books “worked” for authors, but especially for male authors because of the current push to help get boys excited about reading.
BY: A friend handed me a Kurt Vonnegut novel. I read it and something about that book touched me. He was my people. He saw things as I saw them—sort of. He had a weird sense of humor. He was dark but funny. I read one of his novels and then another and then another and that opened up the world of reading for me. If you’ve read Kurt Vonnegut you know he doesn’t fit squarely into Science Fiction even though he often has aliens.
—Guest Post: Brian Yansky, Author of Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences
from There's a Book.
Read Danielle's review.
November 8, 2010
Diana: What is the most interesting or unique thing a reader has ever said to you?
BY: People have been asking me if I believe in aliens a lot lately—oddly enough. One reader asked me if I was an alien. That was kind of interesting. What was my answer? I’ll only say this much: I was adopted by a very nice human couple.
November 10, 2010
Kristen: What’s next for you?
BY: More aliens. I can’t help myself. For some reason I’m going through an alien period now. I have a couple of ideas for alien novels. I like to claim that aliens are underrepresented in literature and I’m trying to make a place for them among the zombies and vampires and unicorns and wizards and dragons, but really I just find that aliens give me a great space to work in. It’s not that there isn’t plenty to write about here on Earth but why settle for one world when I can write about the whole universe?