Interview: Ian McDonald's research secrets revealed

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  1. JonStewartMill says:

    “I talk to people, I read the papers. I cook the food. I buy the music, I follow the sports teams. I try to second-guess what the government will do in international politics. I learn a bit of the language. I study the religion. I study the etiquette. I try and work out what the day-to-day details are like. ”

    This must have been quite a trick when he was researching his novels that are set on Mars. I kid, I kid!

  2. Nadreck says:

    Oh, one other research tool. I tie bundles of memories to scents and smells. When I smell that scent again or something like it, everything in the bundle springs back into the forebrain.
    That’s how the Beast got his memories back in an issue of The Astonishing X-Men.

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