Interview with Eliza Green, author of Becoming Human
The trilogy explores the difficulties when Earth is no longer habitable and humans are forced to search for a new planet to live on. But the new planet called Exilon 5 is already occupied by a race called the Indigenes. Becoming Human is about the humans’ and the Indigenes’ discovery of each other. Neither side is really prepared for what they find out.
We’re hooked already. What genre is it?
The novel is set in 2163. What is Earth like in 150 years? Describe Exilon 5 for us. What are its indigenes like?
When humans first discovered Exilon 5, the planet wasn’t suitable for human habitation. The oxygen ratio was all wrong and the atmosphere was colder than Earth’s was. So they terra formed the planet, transformed it into what Earth used to be; a warm place with breathable air. The Indigenes, used to the environment before the changes, had to relocate underground.
The Indigenes are a democratic society and human colonisation of Exilon 5 has threatened their way of life. They lost most of their race to the terra forming explosions, and more after the changes to the planet became more permanent. Now they struggle to keep their location a secret from the humans and to control rogue members of their society.
Talk to us about Bill Taggart and the Indigene, Stephen.
When he was young, Stephen lost his parents to the terra forming process. As an adult, he carries that pain around and has little tolerance for the humans who have come to live on Exilon 5. To help his society understand the humans’ motives, he must go against his instincts; to discover more about their race, he must become human.
What can you tell us about the rest of the trilogy? What’s the next book called and where will it take the story?
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Are there any books out there that you’d say are similar?
Aren’t science fiction authors usually male?
I struggle to read many Science Fiction books and I think male authors write the high tech/hard core sci fi really well, but it’s too technical for me. I enjoy the human element to the story. I think female writers explore relationships more but that doesn’t mean that male writers can’t, and don’t, humanise their stories. Take Orson Scott Card for example. I’m currently reading Ender’s Game. To the reader, Ender Wiggin is an open book. To the other characters in his world, he’s far from it. He’s a really vulnerable and strong character. A good writer can do that, can get inside their character’s minds, and discover what makes them tick. A good writer can be male or female. I recently read a science fiction book written by a male author where the men took centre stage and the women were aggravatingly stupid or happy to let the men lead. To me, it was lazy writing. Part of writing is challenging yourself to write different parts well.
Are there other female science fiction authors out there?
Tell us about yourself.
Do you have a website? How can we follow you on social media?