Today I am on the Blog Tour for The Great Convergence and I am here with an author interview for you all.
Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.
Title: The Great Convergence Author: Thomas Kast Publisher:Universe 74-W Published: 24th February 2022 Format: Paperback Source: N/A Summary: 10.000.002 A.D. A cantankerous scholar slipping into obscurity is out for revenge. He time-travels to the year 2022 to stop his nemesis, Scott — a successful scientist at a competing university — from thwarting his research into the origin of a mysterious phenomenon, the Great Convergence. Shrewd and ruthless, Scott will stop at nothing to defend his tenure track. The feud quickly spins out of control and the damage to reality grows unchecked.
Caught in the crosshairs are three characters responsible for triggering the Great Convergence: an art-hating professional art critic who, unbeknownst to him, spontaneously switches between universes wreaking havoc as he goes; a talentless artist whose sculptures act as trans-universal portals; and a schizophrenic astrophysicist trying to avert the invasion of alternate versions of himself from different realities. As their paths converge, the apocalyptic event takes place and the inescapable tragedy of human existence unfolds.
A subversive philosophical science fiction and a social satire, the Great Convergence will take you out of your comfort zone, exposing the absurdity of many ethical and intellectual ideals.
If you like the wry humour of the likes of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, or the philosophical insights of Stanislaw Lem this could be the one for you. Click the buy now button and enter the world of tomorrow today.
What is your favourite thing about writing books? Procrastinating: I just love it. Procrastinating keeps my mind at rest. Thinking: you wouldn’t guess how much time I spend simply staring into the void, pondering grave philosophical matters, until I collapse from mental exhaustion. As an antidote, I then watch a lot of silly cartoons. Until I collapse from mental exhaustion again. Getting sucker-punched by my anger therapist: brings me down to Earth a little. Just a little. Spilling my guts to a random stranger I met on a park bench at 2:00 AM. Getting my heart broken. Then mended. Then broken again. Dying inside. Feeling alive. Drinking. Staying sober. Shaking my fist in the air, overcome with anger at a random act of social injustice I’ll likely forget the next day. Worrying too much. Worrying too little. Forgetting why I’m writing in the first place, or what I’m actually trying to say. All of this and all at once.
Who is your favourite character in your book, and why? The cantankerous nameless narrator and his biased voice as he relates the story. He’s a failed researcher stuck at a dead-end university position. Unable to move on, he pigheadedly presses on researching a once-fashionable subject no one is interested in anymore. Seeing the world through his eyes, the reader must discover the truth hidden by this thick veil of partiality. Frustrated as the narrator is, his observations are full of dry humour, and the constant feeling of being stuck in a place one doesn’t belong to is probably something many can relate to.
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? Blood of the innocents in the morning. Large chalice with a paper parasol, ice cubes and a sprinkle of magic dust made of crushed angel wings. I prefer liquid nitrogen in the afternoon, served with iguanodon’s deltopectoral crest. In the evening, I drink a lot of Xenophrite — another radioactive element in a liquid form that doesn’t exist in our universe. My mutated octopus butler procures Xenophrite. He doesn’t tell me how he gets it, and I don’t ask.
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? I’ve only bad habits. The first one would be typing. Are you a writer? Don’t type. Go out and do crazy stuff. Then write about it. Then go out and do more crazy stuff. Thank your friend for bailing you out, and write about what you’ve done. Typing is just the last component of a long and arduous process of what you call writing. You’d be surprised how little writing has to do with typing down. Another bad habit is not talking to people. And I don’t mean: ‘having a conversation’. Conversations are for conversationalists. Talking is for writers. When you’re a writer, you talk — and whoever you’re talking to — listens. If they don’t listen willingly, you’re doing something wrong, and no one will read your book because it’s just as uninteresting as hearing you talk. What I’ve learned from my experience is that the more people are willing to listen to you, the more they’ll enjoy your writing.
How did you research your book? I take an interest in anything I possibly can. I jot down random notes without thinking about whether I’ll use them or not. Phrases, expressions, and sentences taken out of context. Anything and everything. Humans are particularly good at discerning patterns, so, sooner or later, a pattern does emerge. Once it does, I infuse it with my point of view. Characters appear and start interacting with one another. They all want something but … What do they want? Soon enough, the action unfolds before your eyes, like a film. This is when I type like a madman, trying to keep up with the events.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t really write my books, you see. I keep a tiny gnome in a sealed chest under my desk, and he does all the heavy lifting for me. I use a mix of false promises and intimidation to get what I want from him, which has worked great most of the time. Except once, when he managed to smuggle a pistol inside his chest. Fortunately, his aim was terrible, and after meting out due punishment, things were back to normal.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? I am living in a fictional world. This reality exists only inside of my head. It’s not a reality I particularly enjoy. It quickly spun out of control soon after I’d created it. Now I have no choice but to let it expire before I can make a new one. That could take some billions of years, I’m told. Why haven’t I thought of that before …
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? All my friends are fictional characters anyway. And I don’t befriend existing fictional characters, especially the popular ones. I’m sure they already have busy social lives. Instead, I make up imaginary companions and try to socialise best as I can. Only that they don’t want to socialise. They just whisper in low voices amongst themselves and go silent as soon as they notice me, which makes me feel uneasy. But then, at night, they line themselves up next to my bed and keep staring at me with those red-glowing eyes. They hum hypnotic incantations until I peacefully fall asleep.
About the Author
Thomas Kast is an award-winning independent photojournalist and illustrator based in Zurich, Switzerland and has published a number of photography art books. Thomas spent a big part of his life in Israel, where he taught graphic design, photography, and illustration at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and other Israeli colleges. An incongruous rhetorician with Asperger’s syndrome, Thomas always knows best despite all evidence pointing to the contrary.
Long time in the making, his debut novel — a philosophical science fiction piece, the Great Convergence — evokes many of the author’s real-life experiences fused with his unhinged fantasies. Currently, the author is preparing a philosophical sci-fi comic series, due to be published in the coming July 2022.