Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Congrats to Jeff Chen on Ultraball: Lunar Blitz

The Kidliterati are excited to celebrate Jeff Chen's middle grade debut. 

Welcome to the game. 

Welcome to Ultraball: Lunar Blitz.

We wanted to learn more about Ultraball so we sat down with Jeff with for an exclusive interview.

What was it like writing your book on the moon?

The low gravity was disorienting at first, but you get used to just about anything. Except pooping. Man, I tell you what, it's no fun hooking up a waste recycler to your butt ... okay, I'll stop.

What's it like to play Ultraball in an Ultrabot suit?

Imagine being Superman. Except that you don't have to worry about kryptonite. And you catch speeding bullets instead of outracing them. So all in all, I'd give it a thumbs-up. I mean, it's nothing compared to the deep satisfaction of using a normal Earth toilet. There's that entire Earthfall thing, though.

How has Earthfall affected you?
The total destruction of Earth in a global nuclear war was a pretty big downer. But all the whining! Wah wah wah, the oceans are irradiated! Boo hoo, nuclear winter for millennia! The United Moon Colonies are on their own now!

Suck it up, people. Life on the moon ain't so bad. Except for the nasty hardtack bars. And the crumbling infrastructure. Not to mention the dwindling water supply.

Okay, maybe it's bad.

Do you think the Taiko Miners really have a shot at winning the Ultrabowl, after three straight defeats at the hands of the North Pole Neutrons? They kind of have your number, don't they?

Thanks for bringing up all those agonizing memories.

What's the first thing you'll do if you finally win an Ultrabowl?

I'm going to Disneyland! Oh, wait. There's that entire Earthfall thing.

Is there something seriously wrong with you? I mean, I wouldn't use the word "deranged," but ...

My poor wife and kids will probably want to weigh in here.

How many copies of Ultraball: Lunar Blitz should I buy? 100 or 1000?
If nothing else, HarperCollins prints on high-quality paper. Y'know, in case you have problems after using your waste recycler.

Congrats, Jeff!

Get your own copy of Ultraball: Lunar Blitz.

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