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Jan 13 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Mark Frost

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Mark Frost, author of YA series The Paladin Prophecy. Alliance, the second book in the series, is available now from Random House! Mark studied directing and playwriting at Carnegie Mellon University before partnering with David Lynch to create and executive-produce the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks. He cowrote the screenplays for the films Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of eight previous books, including The List of Seven, The Second Objective, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and The Match.

Join us as we cover subjects ranging from the Beatles to the Bard, and more!

Please relate one fact about yourself that has never appeared anywhere else in print or on the Internet.

I do impressions, including an excellent Marlon Brando, a decent Jack Nicholson, and once while on vacation in Hawaii I turned into a surprisingly convincing Robert Mitchum for an entire evening.

If you could choose your own personal theme music/song to play every time you enter a room, what would you pick?

“Here Comes the Sun.” Because, honestly, aside from vampires and some teenagers, who isn’t happy to see the sun?

The Paladin Prophecy Alliance Mark Frost Bad news: You’re about to be marooned alone on a desert island—name the five things you would bring along.

My Kindle, with every book ever written on it. My iPod, with every song ever recorded on it. A fully stocked refrigerator with an ice maker. A two-way shortwave radio, so I can call for help (you didn’t stipulate how LONG I had to be marooned). And enough solar cells to power all of the above indefinitely. Maybe that’s cheating.

What D&D character alignment best describes you first thing in the morning?

Lawful Good, because I always do my work, first thing, every morning, without fail, rain or sun, in sickness and in health. Because idle hands, etc, and the early bird and so on, and that’s just how the old school rolls.

If you could find one previously undiscovered book by a non-living author, who would it be? Why?

A play by Shakespeare. Because, let’s face it, Shakespeare did more to teach us about being human than any author who ever lived. And that’s ultimately our job, as writers; to help us discover who we are. So, who knows, as a public service alone, another play by Shakespeare might just increase our self-knowledge to critical mass and pull us back from the brink.

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8 comments
Lady Pirate
1. Lady Pirate
Interesting questions and fun answers. (Especially like the desert island response.)
Lady Pirate
3. Nelsen Witt
The book series honestly looks pretty cool! I also liked the questions that are posed here. It honestly gets tiring when an author answers the same questions over and over. My favorite line. -"enough solar cells to power them all indefinitely" hahahaha. Is that cheating? I dont think so. The only specification is 5 things. haha. But "Cells" suggests more than one...soooo....
Tina Fang
4. tfang1289
I 100% agree- Shakespeare (in my opinion) has taught us more about the emotions that all humans experience than anyone else I can think of!
Scott Curry
5. bingom1
Out of the box on the desert island question.
Lady Pirate
6. david spinrad
awesome interview esp. the shakespeare question
i read the first book in the paladin prophecy and it was amazing
also,will's list from his father helps me in real life soo that rocks

hope i win!!!!!1
Lady Pirate
7. qwertyuiop
lots of more info about a cool author!!!!!!
fingers crossed for the win
Ed Maceda
8. maxwellsdemon
only wants to be lost for a short time - good - however if most was gone his choices are only temporary

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