“Interviews of Importance”

Title“Interviews of Importance”
Year for Search2021
AuthorsOlder, Malka(b. 1977)
Secondary AuthorsLichfield, Gideon
Secondary TitleMake Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future
Pagination43-55
Date Published2021
PublisherThe MIT Press
Place PublishedCambridge, MA
ISBN Number978-0-262-54240-1
KeywordsFemale author, Latinx author, US author
Annotation

The story is set in a future where society at least appears to be caring more for its aging population. It is told from the viewpoint of a young woman who works in a low-paid job to contact people in their sixties or older to first set up an interview in which she asks set questions about their live history. They are then encouraged to join a network which will contact them regularly. The young woman is cynical about her job but is also desperate to learn her mother’s history.

Author Note

The Latinx female author (b. 1977) has a doctorate from the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations in Paris and has been a Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk Management at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. See her brief statement “Thirsty for New” in People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Kristine Ong Muslim. Special Issue of Lightspeed, no. 73 (June 2016): 396-97.

Full Text

2021 Older, Malka (b. 1977). “Interviews of Importance.” Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future. Ed. Gideon Lichfield (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2021), 43-55.

The story is set in a future where society at least appears to be caring more for its aging population. It is told from the viewpoint of a young woman who works in a low-paid job to contact people in their sixties or older to first set up an interview in which she asks set questions about their live history. They are then encouraged to join a network which will contact them regularly. The young woman is cynical about her job but is also desperate to learn her mother’s history. The Latinx female author has a doctorate from the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations in Paris and has been a Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk Management at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. See her brief statement “Thirsty for New” in People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Kristine Ong Muslim. Special Issue of Lightspeed, no. 73 (June 2016): 396-97.