Author Q&A with A.C. Wise

Thanks to everyone who entered our very first giveaway and to those of you who have already found it in your hearts to make a donation to Barrow in honor of Geeky Giving! Remember, anytime you donate you’ll be automatically entered in the current giveaway.

Chelsea and I have been very busy finalizing details, bringing in AWESOME giveaway stuffs and preparing for the first short story bundle, which is just around the corner in February. In the meantime, we have another author Q&A for you — from A.C. Wise. Enjoy!


Geeky Giving author A.C. Wise.

Q: What made you want to sign on to this Geeky Giving Project?

A: I love the idea of giving back in general, and authors and geeks giving back is even better! Barrow Neurological Institute seems like a perfect fit for geeky giving. The work they do is the kind of stuff science fiction has been dreaming about for years.

Q: Have you ever written anything about the neurosciences before? If yes, tell us a little about that. If no, tell us (or at least hint at) where you looked for inspiration for the story you’re working on? 

A: Although I didn’t specifically set out to write a neuroscience story, I did write about a character with a spinal injury who is able to walk with the assistance of an advanced exo-skeleton. The story, Silver Buttons All Down His Back, was published by Apex Magazine in 2015. Lo and behold, Barrow Neurological Institute is doing just this story of thing. Allowing patients with spinal injuries to walk again.

Q: What’s your favorite story that involves the neurosciences, drawing from all types of genres and media? Why? 

A: I’m not sure if it counts, but Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. It’s not the happiest of stories, but it is a fascinating look at the possibilities and consequences of scientific research around the human brain. On a story level, it’s an example of how much emotion and character development you can pack into just a few thousand words.

Q: Do you have any personal experience with Barrow Neurological Institute or with any of the diseases or disorders we’re raising money for? If so, would you care to share a little about how that has affected or influenced you? 

A: I don’t have any personal experience with Barrow Neurological Institute, but I do like the idea of helping to raise money to support the incredible work they’re doing.

Q: How would you explain the relationship between science fiction/fantasy and hard science to someone who didn’t know anything about it? For an added challenge, try to do it as a tweet.

A: They’re all forms of magical thinking about pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Q: What’s the number one thing a science fiction writer has created that you wish was now a real life thing but isn’t?

A: I always thought a replicator from Star Trek would be a handy thing to have around. I guess we’re getting closer with 3-D printing technology. The wonderful thing about real life science is it always seems to be catching up with science fiction.

About A.C. Wise

A.C. Wise’s fiction has appeared in publications such as Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Apex, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2015, among others. Her debut collection, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again was published by Lethe Press in October 2015. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly Women to Read column to SF Signal. Find her online at

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