Richard Bintanja is a climate scientist who has written several novels, originally in Dutch. His expeditions to Antarctica provided the inspiration for his first novel. Richard Bintanja has a wonderful talent for placing the small, trivial and coincidental side by side with the philosophical, universal and logical.
Richard, what drives you to write novels?
Being able to incorporate ideas. Creating a good story, with beautiful sentences. The challenge.
Why did you write THE ULTIMATE BRAINCHILD?
I don't remember the details, but it must have been the idea. It took me eight years to write this novel, with many changes.
Brain scientist George Walder is obsessed with finding out how humans develop ideas. His colleagues scorn him openly during his long quest, and George has to negotiate many pitfalls. A chance encounter with a cheerful woman called Jenna leads to a breakthrough. The realm of our thoughts turns out to have a dark side, as does Jenna. They will both chase him for years.