Monday, July 16, 2018

Alex White

Alex White was born and raised in the American south. He takes photos, writes music, and spends hours on YouTube watching other people blacksmith. He values challenging and subversive writing, but he’ll settle for a good time.

White lives in the shadow of Huntsville, Alabama’s rockets with his wife, son, two dogs and a cat named Grim. Favored pastimes include Legos and racecars. He takes his whiskey neat and his espresso black.

White's new novel is A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe.

Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. His reply:
At this moment, I'm re-reading Heather Kaczynski's Dare Mighty Things, the story of Cassandra Gupta, a young NASA intern that gets selected for humanity's first interstellar mission. They take her to a compound along with twenty-five other college-age kids and have them compete in a series of mysterious challenges. The administrators promptly begin playing mind games with the participants, eliminating them one by one, until only a few remain.

I enjoy this work for Kaczynski's lightning-quick prose and perfect readability. For a book about space travel, the writer could've gone into way too much detail or tried to lose the reader in a minefield of technicalities. Dare Mighty Things is accessible, and has no problem explaining some of its more abstract concepts. Pair that with a paranoia-inducing set of psychological and intellectual challenges, and the intensity is undeniable!
Visit Alex White's website.

My Book, The Movie: A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe.

The Page 69 Test: A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe.

--Marshal Zeringue