How Jane Austen Helped Me Build Alien Worlds

The germ of an idea for the chapters of BARRON’S LAST STAND which I’m currently working on formed back in 1990 when a trip to Bath, England captured my imagination. I went in search of Jane Austen, but came away with utter awe at how much difference the centuries could make in street level from one millennium to the next, and the sophistication of bathing as a social event. That never left me. That’s where I got the idea for the Baths of Altair, and a major section of my next book. I like to think that Jane would approve.