Nicholas Woode-Smith is a political commentator, student and science fiction author from Cape Town, South Africa. He debuted his writing career with the release of Fall of Zona Nox. He co-founded the Rational Standard, a political commentary site, in 2016 and continues to manage and write for the site. He is currently studying at the University of Cape Town.
When did you first start writing?
I only began truly writing in earnest in 2009 when the limitations of a quest creating expansion to the now almost forgotten game 'Spore' left me wanting. I decided to place the world I created in book form and began writing what was supposed to be a stand alone military sci-fi about an unlikely thief who becomes a military hero. The idea evolved from there until it became what is hopefully a realistic and dark, but intriguing view of our future and that of the galaxy.
Since then, I have begun writing more non-fiction - focusing on analysing current affairs and politics.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
While my personal life has been comfortable and my parents very supportive, South Africa is a very stressful place to live. Crime is rampant and government failure has created a breeding ground for dissidents. This is what initially led me into the Libertarian movement and what most probably influenced me to write mainly dystopian fiction.