Well I’ve already gotten an e-mail asking how the show went, and the interview wasn’t even scheduled until tomorrow, so I guess I might as well get this over with: Interview was canceled.
I was literally about to load the van for the drive to DC when I picked up an e-mail from the guy who was to ask the questions on air. Although he’d been pretending to have previewed my book, it was obvious he’d finally actually gotten around to it. I’d been trying to alert him to the need to read it and the potential of getting into territory we probably didn’t want to go into with an audience like theirs for the better part of two weeks. Instead of driving to DC, I spent the morning trying to put out the fire and save the scheduled date, then 3.5 days off, while cooler heads had a chance to prevail.
It turns out the show is co-produced by three people, one of whom was the interviewer, whom I’ll refer to simply as KM. One of the others had seen and taped the Mars Society talk and had made the invite. Neither he nor his wife, the third producer, have read the book. The best I could do was to get a commitment from all three that they’d each review both the book and the tape of the talk and arrive at a decision amongst themselves afterward. I’ll be very surprised if KM actually views the tape. He doesn’t strike me as a particularly open minded individual. So I am now, at best, dubious that I will get the interview. And, if they do decide to re-invite me, the scheduling is likely to be too late.*
So. I’m still on Long Island. Pann and Lee have been great, but I’m definitely going to get out of their hair by Sunday morning. I think plan B has to be reversion to plan A. Difficulty is that plan A was never very highly developed before I got here, and the TV thing just took it over. Now the first month is gone.
The TV interview had seemed almost too good to be true, so I guess it ought not surprise me so much that it turned out that way. Wish to hell the guy had done his homework earlier though; it would have made recovery a lot easier.
*I think the e-mail exchange between KM and I is interesting and sheds some light on what really went on, so I’m going to post it as a comment to this entry (should give me some practice on how that all works anyway).