Dominika Olszówka

I’m a Polish writer living in the UK, passionate about science fiction that blends distant future with the pressing issues of today’s world. In my fiction I explore themes of not-quite-belonging, climate crisis and environmental despoliation. But for years my favourite book was Harry Potter (it’s not anymore, if you’re wondering). I’m currently juggling work with completing the final draft of my novel, The Descendants, about art and gods on Mars. You can reach me at dolszowka@outlook.com.

What inspired you to write “Which One of Us”?

The first iteration of this story was a product of an exercise in my final year of my undergraduate degree. In one of our writing classes we were told to write one short story a week and share it each week with our classmates. The limit was 1,000 words so it was a much different story than the one you’re reading now, but since then I’ve only expanded on what has always been the heart of this story: a clone and an AI, both made to seem human, finding kinship in their otherness. 

Could you give us an insight into your writing process?

I have a pet back at home in Poland and I cannot get any writing done when I’m with her! She’s way too needy. I like a routine, because once you’ve woken up for the hundredth time at 7am to write, the hundred-and-first time isn’t so bad. I try to stick to it, but also try to remember that there’s nothing wrong with taking a break. We all need it sometimes.

What do you consider to be the most enjoyable or important aspect of science fiction or fantasy, and why?

For me, examining our world and society is one of the most enjoyable aspects of science fiction. Even when it’s not the main focus of the novel, I appreciate how often those really good science fiction novels force you to revaluate things that you might have taken for granted. Also, it’s really fun to read.

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