Paul Semel interviewed Danielle Ackley-McPhail, co-publisher of eSpec Books, about the new Footprints in the Stars anthology, which she edited. In it, she blames me for things. Which are probably my fault, so it’s a fair cop. Anyhow, check it out!
The stories in the book are very intentionally not first contact stories. They are about the discovery of evidence of the existence of other intelligent life, rather than encounters with that life itself. We wanted the collection to focus on the effects of those discoveries on mankind. Either physical, emotional, or social. How does humanity react or how is it impacted by the potential inherent in that discovery? What advancements come out of pondering “what if”? or how? How could things potentially break down? Will such a discovery bring out the positive side in humanity, or the negative?