I've been writing full-time since 1978. Alan Dean Foste
Where lies the line between sorcery and science? It is only a matter of terminology, my friend.
In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every character is based directly on someone I have known.
I've been writing full-time since 1978.
I hear entire symphonies, oratorios, in my head, but I can't write a note. Alan Dean Fo
Dawn was written well before 9/11. People speak a lot today about the banality of evil, but not all evil is banal. Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out. That's where the real danger lies.
We're all nothing but unified arrangements of atoms and particles, drifting around, enjoying consciousness every now and then for a second or so before splitting up to become bits and pieces of trees and stars and french fries.
The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.
I write early in the morning, usually after reading portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all.
If you're crazy, there's two things you can do to make yourself feel better: One is to get yourself cured. The other is to make everyone you have to deal with crazy.
Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
I try to challenge myself as much as possible, as often as possible.
In loquaciousness lay insanity.
Keep writing. Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap. Getting from page four to page five is more important than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all. Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies. We're not a particular species. Check out popular video games.
Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting. Alan Dean Foste
I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material, so rewriting is hard for me. I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes. Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades. I may go again this year.
Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world, which is what I always wanted to do. I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton, but it's the wrong century.
Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except the biggest potential bestsellers. Given all the changes, both economic and technological, SF hasn't done too badly.
Living gives you a better understanding of life. I would hope that my characters have become deeper and more rounded personalities. Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight into how cultural differences affect not only people, but politics and art.
I hear entire symphonies, oratorios, in my head, but I can't write a note.
There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing. That means there's also more bad SF available. Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia conglomerate has resulted in less diversity within the field and has made it much harder for newer writers not only to break in, but to make any kind of a living while doing so.
An apex is always surrounded only by emptiness
There is nothing in art, in philosophy, or in politics to match the fervor of mutual cooperation among discordant bands of fanatics.
The universe is full of dead people who lived by assumption.
The storm hit with all the fury of a woman whoâ€™d been dieting for six months, only to discover sheâ€™d gained four pounds.
Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.