One thing I love about John Wyndham’s writing is that he takes our normal everyday world and changes one thing and shows us how simple our lives could be changed forever. Most known for his book Day of the Triffids, he has written many more equally good and haunting tales. One of those being Chocky written in 1963. It’s about a boy named Matthew who is 12 and is just your regular kid.
Diannika Alyse Star: To start us off, could you tell us a little about your book Domechild?
Shiv Ramdas: Well, Domechild is basically an attempt- or the beginning of an attempt to explore a whole bunch of questions that had been troubling me for a while. The ethics of AI, machine rights, freedom, information addiction, hypercapitalism vs organised anarchy. Lots of questions. 🙂 Without giving away too much of the plot, it’s basically the story of what happens to an average nobody living in a world where physical addiction to information is a massive issue, and how the simplest of things- a wrong turn- changes his life, in ways he could never have imagined. And in the process, he learns a bit more about his world than he’d perhaps have liked to.