Short, Sharp Interview: Richard Godwin


PDB: What’s going on?

Well my new novel Android Love, Human Skin is newly released. It’s a sci fi dystopian thriller with a lot of scenes exploring sexuality and gender. Here’s the blurb:

Welcome to a world of four genders. A dystopian science fiction novel that explores the nature of gender and sexual conflict and the addition to pleasure in a virtual world. Welcome to the four genders in a future with no planned conflict, a utopia of pleasure engineered by the union. Society has been revolutionised by gender control and the technologisation of man and woman. In a future where a biochemical weapon has removed the skins of the population, the rulers hunt for the beautiful ones, those men and women who still have skins. The union is the new government, a faceless body of politicians who were behind the order to use the weapon that backfired on them, leaving them skinless. In the glass citadel, the new utopia, where the only surviving humans with skin are placed, they recreate the world of gender by offering humans four types of robot with which to have relationships. All the humans are placed in relationships with machines, apart from Gerald, who appears to be a spy for the union and is filming the humans, and Elliott, a robot programmer. The union watches it all, political voyeurs in a totalitarian state of enforced sexual ecstasies. Humanity falls into four categories…

PDB: Do you listen to music when you work?

I do.

PDB: What makes you laugh?


Especially that hideous freak in North Korea.

PDB: What’s the best cure for a hangover?

Gherkin water.

PDB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Italy. Rome.

PDB: Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?


PDB: What’s on the cards?

Many, many more novels and my Mexico trip catalogued.

20180101_135345PDB: Anything else?

Here’s the Amazon link.

Bio: Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, Locked In Cages, Crystal On Electric Acetate, The Glass House, and Android Love, Human Skin. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child. He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London. He also teaches creative writing at University and workshops. You can find out more about him at his website , where you can read a full list of his works, and where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.