Author Interview – Benjamin Cheah

My Writer's Journey

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Benjamin Cheah is a speculative fiction writer from Singapore. A freelancer by trade, he has served two years in the Singapore Armed Forces. He is also the cofounder of sociopolitical website The Online Citizen.

Questions:

How would you describe your story in one sentence?

Keepers of the Flame is a clash of civilizations for the future of America: an austere, militaristic empire; a liberal democracy/national security state, riddled through with internal contradictions; or a technocracy that elevates technology over humanity.

What inspired you to write your story/characters/theme?

The original inspiration for the American Heirs series (of which Keepers of the Flame is the first entry) came from Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed. I gravitated to their realistic portrayal of futuristic technologies, their exploration of what it means to be human, their general cynicism towards politics and terrorism, and the overall aesthetics of post-apocalyptic environs juxtaposed against shining cities. Coupleā€¦

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