Marginalia: Elan Mastai

Mar 3, 2017

Elan Mastai
Credit David Leyes

Although All Our Wrong Todays is Elan Mastai’s first novel, it’s not his first go at telling a story. It’s just a different medium. You see, Mastai comes to literature from the movie industry. He has written and produced movies such as “Alone in the Dark,” “The Samaritan” and “What If.” Perhaps it’s his background in film that makes All Our Wrong Todays so visually appealing. And there’s not an image to be seen.

Mastai set this novel in the future we were supposed to have. In a future where an engine developed by Lionel Goettreider created unlimited power, eliminating the need for fossil fuels. And it wasn’t exactly an alternate future, but an alternate present.

I visited with Elan Mastai the day before All Our Wrong Todays was released. Here’s our conversation:

And if you listened to the Marginalia on air, here's what you heard:


All Our Wrong Todays was published by Dutton.

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