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Jon Armstrong

Jon Armstrong

Hometown: I’ve lived in New York for more than 20 years

Your first novel, Grey, is a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. Has 2008 presented any developments that point to the future as you’ve depicted it? Unfortunately, yes. Especially with the writer’s strike, there’s more reality TV. My novel begins with a post-date press conference between the world’s most famous couple.

I understand sci-fi isn’t necessarily your usual genre. I started writing sci-fi years ago. Years ago. But then became dissatisfied with what I was doing and switched to more mainstream stories. I’m so glad I returned, and am writing a sequel to Grey, but sometime in the future I’d like to work on other ideas.

You also host a podcast interview show, “If You’re Just Joining Us.” When I recorded myself reading Grey and gave the whole thing away as a podcast novel, I enjoyed the experience and feedback so much, I bought a gizmo so I could record phone conversations and started with some writers and artists I knew.

Who would you love to interview next? Jad Abumrad of WNYC’s fabulous “Radio Lab.”


Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. His latest book is Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles. More information can be found at rosecransbaldwin.com. More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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