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Interview: Brenda Kalt on “The Gallian Revolt as Seen from the Sama-Sama Laundrobath”

Brenda KaltTell us a bit about “The Gallian Revolt as Seen from the Sama-Sama Laundrobath.”

This is the story of an old, undocumented woman trying to survive in a city. She initially cheats a young rebel, as she does most of her customers, but she later helps him.





What was the inspiration for this story, or what prompted you to write it?

I grew up in the rural South, and I was exposed to many old, downtrodden women there. They stayed with me.


What would you want a reader to take away from “The Gallian Revolt…?”

I’d like for them to remember Ter, the old woman. Also the power of little actions.


Why do you write?

Because I can’t not write.


Who do you consider to be your influences?

I admire Larry Niven, especially his early work. I have read a lot of obscure SF authors and skipped many of the famous ones. I also read a lot of 1930s pulp when I was younger.


What are you working on now?

Two things. First is the story of how the people in our Martian base confront an angry asteroid miner who has decided to crash his ship into it. Second is the story of aliens who have lost a war to humanity and whose hidden crown prince realizes that he must become king to lead his people.

Whatever your political views, register to vote this fall. Then vote.


“The Gallian Revolt as Seen from the Sama-Sama Laundrobath” appears in the September/October 2018 issue of F&SF.

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