By day, Rob Wolf works for a non-for-profit in New York City, writing and making videos. By night, he makes up stories about robots, time travel, apocalypses and other speculative stuff. He had a blast writing The Alternate Universe and its sequel The Escape (even though it was a lot of work), and now he's working on a new novel. He occasionally interviews other authors on the podcast New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy (newbooksinsciencefiction.com). You can find out more about him at robwolf.net.
Your main protagonist, Claude, is gay. Can we expect to see more gay characters in future books?
Definitely. I wish I could have read a book like this when I was a kid. I read tons of science fiction growing up but never encountered someone like Claude--a cool kid who just happened to be gay. I came out in high school but it took a long time for me to feel proud and comfortable. Maybe if I'd had more role models, even in literature, I'd have had an easier time. So yes, I definitely plan to include gay characters in all my books.
Do you think time travel is possible?
The classic argument against the possibility of time travel is the time paradox, which goes: if you travel to the past, you might do something to interfere with your birth (for instance, kill your parents)--which means it's impossible to travel to the past.
In the two Khronos Chronicles novels, I explore the idea of endlessly branching alternate universes as a solution to the time paradox. If time travel means you travel to an alternate past, then you can do whatever you want--i.e., you could kill your parents because they're not your actual parents but alternate parents. Your alternate self might not be born but you can continue on your merry, patricidal, time-traveling way.
In this gripping sequel to The Alternate Universe, Claude and his friend Carolien travel back to 1848 to the southern plantation where Carolien’s ancestors were slaves and where their actions will either give a ruthless corporation absolute control over time or will bring their families—and the world—back together.
Claude thinks his biggest problem is trying to impress his new boyfriend when a much bigger problem comes along: his father vanishes, leaving clues that he might have invented a time machine. In search of answers, Claude and his best friend must stay a step ahead of a powerful corporation and confront one of the darkest episodes in history. But they are running out of time.