S P Hofrichter

Geomythogenesis, non-fiction, June 2018

Sarah Hofrichter is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. She writes science fiction under the name Ellis Bray and is working with her agent to sell her first novel. She thinks the idea of sending humans to Mars is a spectacular waste of resources, and will argue till she is blue in the face about the benefits of HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept), which NASA came up with as an alternative to visiting Mars. Her favourite myth is Þrymskviða, in which Thor and Loki must dress as women in order to rescue Thor’s stolen hammer.

Get to know Sarah:

Birthday? 17 August 1987

When did you start writing? I’ve been writing science fiction since I was a kid, but I started writing non-fiction in 2015. This article was a section of my Master’s dissertation, and I’m still very passionate about the role of geology in interpreting mythology.

When and what and where did you first get published?

Column at the Sci Phi Journal, August 2017.


What themes do you like to write about?

In my fiction, I enjoy writing about mental illness, family relationships, and apocalypses. In my non-fiction, I have been focusing more on how humans understand, perceive, and describe Time. I’m also happy to babble on at length about Norse mythology, having a Master’s degree in the subject.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work?

Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr. I love that we never learn the whole story of the “Flame Deluge” but we get to see the aftermath, and I strive to put that into my fiction.

Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan. It’s a movie about how people understand, perceive, and describe Time. Every single complaint I’ve ever seen about it can be explained through that lens. And I would love to find some aspect of philosophy that I could manipulate that well in my own stories.

Twitter? @flytingnwriting

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