Grant J Everett is a writer from Western Sydney. He writes science fiction comedy novels for a couple of reasons: one, because we all need an escape almost as much as we need a laugh, and two, because it's easy to be witty when you have a fortnight to think of a comeback.
Scum of the Universe is his first novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My science-fiction comedy novel Scum of the Universe is about a loser called Bob Tuesday who mooches his way across mankind's galaxy-stretching empire, The Unison, in the 24th Century. Tuesday might be rude, stupid, gormless, ugly and have no real skills beyond amateur flower arranging, but he has a habit of tripping bum-over-skull into incredible situations in the most bizarre places.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up poor in housing commission in the Western suburbs, so any kind of escape from my early-90s boredom was welcome. I couldn't afford to rent new video games and movies all the time, but the school library turned out to be a bottomless source of free entertainment. Reading was a major part of what got me through the day. On the subject of video games, I especially loved those comedic old point-and-click adventure games like Space Quest, Monkey Island and Day Of The Tentacle. I always adored the combination of humour with science fiction or fantasy, and I believe that these fond childhood memories continue to have a major impact on the genre I write to this day. Just like those old games by Lucasarts and Sierra, I want to create awesome characters like Roger Wilco and Guybrush Threepwood…and then torment them with highly amusing life-or-death situations.
Growing up Bob Tuesday had few expectations of life. Thrust alone into the vast galactic empire known as the Unison, Bob must learn quickly how to navigate worlds of wonder, danger and a host of other catastrophes, as he attempts to answer the biggest question of all: “Where’s my lighter?” Scum of the Universe is a riotous romp across the science fiction genre.