Fran Wilde

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Fran Wilde writes award-winning speculative fiction and fantasy. She can also tie a number of sailing knots, set gemstones, and program digital minions. She reads too much and is a friend of the Oxford comma. Her short stories appear in Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Uncanny, and Tor.com.

Fran's debut novel, Updraft, was nominated for a 2015 Nebula Award, won the 2015 Andre Norton Award for Best Young Adult SFF and the 2016 Compton Crook award for Best First Novel, and was nominated for a 2016 Dragon Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy.

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Fran Wilde Hi Lisa! Thank you for saying so - I love hearing back from readers.

> How do they get resources like food and such to sustain their population?…more
Hi Lisa! Thank you for saying so - I love hearing back from readers.

> How do they get resources like food and such to sustain their population? Seems like farming would be tough on the towers, haha.

Great question -- farming *is* tough on the towers. It's a scarcity environment, though the people living in it think all is normal. The food grown must survive at high altitude and in recycled soil. (a *lot* gets recycled, like guano) - so instead of wheat for the cakes, it's a "grain" like quinoa; the apples are tiny & fist-sized, the stone fruits, ditto, & they have really strong tastes. Berries -- cloudberries & etc. -- grow on vines & shrubs, all in planters or divots in the tiers' balconies.

Above the clouds, there are garden tiers on each tower, plus every family maintains its own gardens. There are particular towers given over to certain crops -- honey is a good example, & tea leaves -- just as certain towers are known for what crafts they produce.

This is part of the reason why traders are so important -- shifting goods between the towers that need them, both in emergencies, and for markets in each quadrant and in the center of the city.

For more on this, Elizabeth Bear interviewed me at Cooking The Books last month! (You know how long it took me to realize that by writing a food-in-fiction blog, I was setting myself up to be grilled? A *long* time!). Here's the interview: https://franwilde.wordpress.com/2015/...

> And cloth, how do they get that? I'm so curious!

Kirit's seen feeding the family silkspiders in the first few chapters of Updraft, but the major sources of silk comes from a set of towers in the south that are almost entirely focused on silk production (though a lot of the finer weaving is done elsewhere)... you'll see those towers in the next book. There's also flax, but it's not as durable or comfortable to wear. Down, for linings, is as plentiful as the birds bred for food and those the hunters take out of the sky.
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