The creators of serial experiments lain have been interviewed or have spoken publically a number of times, and some of the transcripts of these talks have been translated into English. This page will attempt to provide or link to as many of these as possible.
Yasuyuki Ueda and Yoshitoshi ABe were Guests of Honor at Sakura Con 2004From A Fan's View (offsite link)
conducted by Mangaes in Tokyo, March 2002. English translation (offsite link) provided by Babel Fish.
Chiaki J. Konaka granted me an interview to present at the serial experiments lain Fan's Discussion Panel that I hosted during Anime Expo 2001.Chiaki J. Konaka interview
Yoshitoshi ABe was a Guest of Honor at Anime Central 2001From A Fan's View (offsite link)
conducted by Zigzag Asia Anime.
Yasuyuki Ueda and Yoshitoshi ABe were Guests of Honor at Otakon 2000.Panel discussion with Yasuyuki Ueda and Yoshitoshi ABe (as a text file)
held on August 5th at Otakon 2000 in Baltimore, MarylandYasuyuki Ueda interview (offsite link)
Although I tried to be as accurate as possible, there are bound to be some mistakes in this transcription, especially since some of the questions were difficult to hear.
U was Ueda
A was ABe
M was the moderator/translator
M(U) was the moderator/translator speaking for Ueda
M(A) was the moderator/translator speaking for ABe
Q was the audience
Much thanks to...
Yasuyuki Ueda for giving me permission to post this transcript.
Jerry Hsu for letting us use his trusty minidisc player, and John Garza for setting up the recording
John Garza and James Kao for asking questions for me since I couldn't attend
conducted by Anime Jump! during Otakon 2000.Yoshitoshi ABe interview (offsite link)
conducted by Anime Jump! during Otakon 2000.Online chat with Yasuyuki Ueda and Yoshitoshi ABe (as a text file)
on August 7th, 2000 hosted by The Anime Colony.
Notes: Other transcripts I've seen online (including the official one) do not include the unmoderated portion of the chat. It was a little noisy and possibly offensive at times, but Ueda and ABe were still answering some questions, so I've included the unmoderated chat for your reading pleasure.
Geronimo-U(eda) was Yasuyuki Ueda
ABe-SAN was Yoshitoshi ABe
I was logged in as Lawmune, Myu-Myu, and Taro
This transcript was recorded for me by Anthony "Chiral" Yan
conducted by HK magazine (France) in the Winter of 1999.
conducted by FRUiTS magazine (Japan) in late 1998, translated by Equator.
on 27th February in "Loft-Plus-One", Shinjuku, Japan
Be sure to look at the scanned Animerica and Manga Max lain articles featured on this website. The Manga Max article has some interesting tidbits regarding the production of lain, and the Animerica article contains Ueda's controversial comments that are referred to numerously in the interviews above.