Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives. Say hello to Matt Fuchs.
Matt Fuchs writes speculative fiction. In his novella Rise of Hypnodrome, published with CCLaP in 2015, a political faction called the Lifestyle Party rises to power under the presidency of Deepak Chopra and rolls out a policy agenda to maximize personal happiness. Matt tells stories about enlightened AI and fringe political ideas taking over. Links to his work appearing in Compelling Science Fiction, Centropic Oracle, Allegory, Every Day Fiction, and more can be found at fuchswriter.com. Other endeavors include law review articles on the first amendment and magazine pieces about adventure eating. He hasn’t figured out yet how to combine the two topics.
Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?
Matt: The backward-aging jellyfish. When it starts to die, it can reverse the aging process to the larva stage and then it grows into an adult again.
Wolf: That’s really cool. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Matt: I’ve tried a bunch of stuff including worms, crickets, and tuna eyeballs. But the food that I physically rejected, as in threw up on an East Village sidewalk, was a goat platter covered in a curry called p’haal, which is laced with spices that Indian farmers smear on their fences to keep elephants from their crops.
Wolf: I think I’ll stay away from that one. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?
Matt: I turned a character into a god. Can’t beat that.
Wolf: What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?
Matt: Dying alone. It’s happened to quite a few of my characters!
Wolf: You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.
Matt: I need people’s emotions to photosynthesize. Sunlight and nutrients do nothing for me, but I crave human sadness, jealousy and enthusiasm, especially when these feelings are experienced within a few feet of my leaves. It makes me grow and blossom. Apathy makes me wilt.
Wolf: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Matt: The ability to change the timespan of a given day from 24 hours to any duration of my choosing.
Wolf: I’d love to have that one! If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?
Matt: It’d be a weapon of the mind like telepathy. I would communicate responsibly to make the world a better place, or I’d more likely end up planting ideas in people’s heads about me being ridiculously smart and good-looking.
Wolf: What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?
Matt: Number one, a machine that magically produces rivers of cold brew coffee. My tennis racquet. At least one other person so I don’t have to make friends with beach balls. Books for entertainment since it’s boring when everything is destroyed, unless zombies are chasing me. Also right after the apocalypse a time machine would be great!
Wolf: Great ideas. Describe a meal you would be served while visiting another world.
Matt: Humans are the enemies of the species inhabiting this world, so I’ve disguised myself as another breed of alien, one that’s on better diplomatic terms, to avoid capture. I’m hanging out with the emperor, who serves me a delicacy stolen from earth. Pan-fried humans! What do I do?
Wolf: Don’t have an answer for you. What story are you working on now?
Matt: A single dad raising his young daughter who is 60 percent robot.
Social Media Links: @FuchsWriter