One of the most compelling conversations I've had in years took place this evening with Science Fiction author, Hugh Howey. If you haven't read, Wool - it's a must. And for those of you who have read it, here is an excerpt from an interview that Hugh did with BFSA in 2013 about the metaphors in the book (and the basis for our conversation). Thanks to Tim Chang for putting together such an incredible dinner.
"HH: It’s difficult to describe the story without spoiling it as every plot turn is a spoiler. The story is based on the idea that these people live underground and they don’t have any memory of anywhere else other than legends of people living above ground. The worst thing you can do in this society is express an interest in going outside. They have one view of the outside world which are these wall screens on the top level. In my mind it was like staring at twenty-four hour news and seeing how bad it is out there. So I asked what does it do to our perception of the world and who are the people who are brave enough to challenge that and go out there and see it for themselves. So the story of Wool is about the people who are brave enough to challenge the ideas of their dystopian world and the unfair hierarchy that has been placed upon everybody."