A truly multi-talented writer, Camilla happens to be a multilingual specialist with degrees in Humanities, Linguistics and Education. She also holds a certificate in Herbal Medicine and is an apprentice in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
On top of all that, Camilla owns a multimedia image consulting agency, Golden Globe Media Ltd., and is a volunteer assistant for various charity and awareness projects.
Among her favorite science fiction authors are such renowned masters as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury; she is also closely familiar with and holds high works of prominent Russian sci-fi writers such as Kir Bulychev, brothers Strugatskies and Alexander Belyaev, and Japanese sci-fi novelists, manga, anime and screenplay writers – namely Sakyo Komatsu, Takumi Shibano and many others.
Camilla Stein has a particular affinity for Flash Sci Fi, but also writes on other subjects such as autism awareness and social issues, as wells as doing film reviews.
At present, she is working on a series of short sci fi stories, a new sci fi novel, a non-fiction book and a war novel.
So, let’s jump right in, why don’t we?
CQ: Space Scrapers follows a consistent cast with an over-arching storyline. What made you decide to tell this trio’s tale in a succession of story stories, rather than a traditional novel format?
I have plans for a sequel which could be a novella, most likely.
CQ: The book is set in the 4th millennium, and paints humanity as having progressed to greatness up till the 30th century then destroyed its achievements in hedonism and laziness. What inspired this, and do you see any real-world parallels?
CQ: Despite being inter-gallactic in scale, the story touches on several human cultures from across the world. What is the root of your interest in, and apparent desire to represent, different cultures?
CQ: What draws you to Sci-Fi as a genre, and would you want to write in other genres in the future?
CQ: Which writers do you think have most influenced your style?
CQ: Is there any particular message you want readers to come away with after reading Space Scrapers?
Thank you very much for your questions, Verity. I hope you’ll also enjoy the series!
And thank YOU, Camilla, for your time!
Her book, Space Scrapers, sends readers on an exploration of 4th millennium Earth, exotic interstellar locations, and oh, so human nature. Her story chronicles the exploits of treasure hunters Ian, Mbwana, and Ava as they cross the universe in search of technology and ancient artifacts. When these peculiar and flawed heroes discover a plot to destroy the universe, they risk everything to save it.