Of course, catnik had to go along and make me think otherwise.
1: Why does Sci-Fi hold such an appeal for you?
Good SF is all about isolating a possibility and working through what would happen given that possibility in an internally consistant way. It fires off my sense of wonder without my sense of "What the fuck?" kicking in at the same time (which is often my problem with fantasy). Curiosity is a defining subconscious trait of mine, so there's also the wonderful streak of "That's a cool idea, I wonder where this person goes with it". And of course bickering over interpretations...
I like it because it's a capsule view of a possible future, and the more possiblities I have in my head the better.
2: What flavor of linux do you prefer? Why?
Debian GNU/Linux. It's less simplified than others like Mandrake, and while that means you need to know more to use it, this means you learn what the options mean, rather than letting some third party set them for you -- one of the main reasons for getting away from Windoze in the first place.
It also has a very nice package management system in apt, less cruft than RedHat and fewer rabid fans than Gentoo. Though I must admit to being lured to Slackware, though I've not had a chance to investgate thoroughly.
3: What would be your ideal life situation?
There's a couple of answers. The first is a well-connected shack in the middle of nowhere that only friends know about, either writing professionally or hacking professionally from home and having enough time to work on some writing to sell. That's the usual one. The other is getting a bookshop all to myself as a place to sit, read and drink heavily, occasionally abusing customers. Though that's because I've become far too enamoured by Black Books. Either way, cats. Cats are a must. And a place for books.
4: Shiny things or sparkly things?
Shiny things. Sparkly often have too coarse a granularity of reflection to grab my attention in that perculiarly odd way that shiny things do.
5: If you were a chess piece, which one would you be? Why?
This question makes me want to dig out my Chess CDs. It has been a while since I last listened to that. Hrm. Rook. Firstly because I like the name. It's one you can roll around in your mouth, "rook". Roll that 'r'. Plus, it's deceptively simple on the surface, so people often assume that they have the Rook sussed, when it comes out of left field for a stylish finish.
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five.