FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION Interviews Me About "The Traveling Salesman Solution"
A few weeks back C.C. Finlay, who guest edited a volume of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction did a really nice interview with me--which I promptly neglected to tell any of you about. My bad!
At any rate, the interview is largely about "The Traveling Salesman Solution"--which is my story in the issue Finlay edited (still available at your local bookseller, online, and through Amazon--who offer a FREE trial subscription!) It was a nice chat and helped me realize that, among other things, the story is sort of a weird sublimated love-letter to mathematicians:
- There is a lot of math in this story.
I was a crappy math student, but I never had a math teacher I didn’t like. Mathematicians are a sorely underserved community.
For real, mathematicians are almost invariably very rad people. That I'm *terrible* at getting my head around their life's work is an indictment of me, not them.
At any rate, you can read the rest (it's brief!) here: Interview: David Erik Nelson on “The Traveling Salesman Solution” : The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (I give a layman's rundown on the Traveling Salesman Problem, talk about military service and the "handicapped," tell a seemingly random anecdote about Whole Foods--it's *just like* hanging out with me in person, except there is no risk of me sticking you with the tab.)
If you like what you see but fear commitment, you can get a free copy of my award-winning time portal story "The New Guys Always Work Overtime," and get a sense of whether or not I'm the sorta dude you might wanna hang out with for 12,000 words.