Sorry I’ve been offline so long, but I’ve been in Byron Bay relaxing with Justine‘s family. We did lots of body surfing, ate lots of good food, and I slipped out of the fun occassionally to work on Specials rewrites. (Thanks to my sister-in-law Niki for the invite!)
The coolest thing we did at Byron was swimming in a tea-tree lake. That’s a salt-water inlet surrounded by melaleucas trees, the soothing oils of which saturate the water. The lake is the color of tea, and it’s very peaceful and supposedly really good for you.
While I was marinating, that article I was interviewed for in the New York Times came out. Featuring this scary-ass picture:
Ahhhh! Although I guess any story that starts with a dog eating a woman’s face couldn’t have a nice picture. Still.
They quoted me twice! Apparently, writing Uglies and Pretties makes me an expert on face transplants.
You can read it here, or if you don’t feel like registering, here’s my quotes:
A new face might one day be a covetable luxury item, suggested Scott Westerfeld, a science fiction writer, whose novels “Uglies” and “Pretties” project a future in which a compulsory operation at 16 makes everyone conform to an ideal standard of beauty. In that future world, “it’s not just how much cosmetic surgery you get, it’s how often,” Mr. Westerfeld said, adding, “There will come a day when having extreme cosmetic surgery will be like buying a $1,000 Gucci bag, an indication that you are a member of the privileged class.”
. . . and then somebody else talks, and then . . .
Mr. Westerfeld noted that such themes, once the province of science fiction, now parallel mainstream attitudes about the self and identity. There is increasing acceptance that “as human beings we get to choose who we are,” he said. “And the line between what you get to choose and don’t choose is moving all the time.”
I can’t remember what I was trying to say there exactly. But at least I didn’t sound like too much of a wanker.
In other news, Uglies is an Amazon Top Ten Teen book!
That is all. We’re tired. But stay tuned for my Sydney Opera House photo essay!