Mexico was conquered more by manipulation of myth and archetype.
Chaos is the enemy of Order but the enemy of Chaos is also the enemy of Order
The opprobrium of assholes is a badge of honor.
Science fiction is anything published as science fiction.
I write in American slang.
I was a precocious reader.
If I had parallel lives to pursue, I would also want one as a painter.
I never learned to read music.
I must admit to being greatly influenced by Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces.
All fiction is lies – if it weren’t, it would be biography, history, or reportage.
As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very beginnings of my reading for pleasure, I read a lot of non-fictional history, particularly historical biography.
I've always been interested in the relationship between total external surround, culture, the political matrix, technology, etc., and the internal human consciousness.
The saddest day of your life is when you decide to sell out, and nobody wants to buy.
I believe that interest in heroes is universal and eternal.
There is only one definition of science fiction that seems to make sense: 'Science fiction is anything published as science fiction.'
I'm not gifted, but I'm not hopeless.
It's trite to say that the world has gotten smaller in the age of globalization, but my travels have told me that it's wrong to think this means there is some kind of uniform world culture.
The world has become more complex as technology and easy travel mixes cultures without homogenizing them.
The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel.
You can really do more than you think you can do.
There are certain things that ordinary people have that celebrities don't have.
Is anything accidental?
In America, if you don't do a 100 million dollars, you've done nothing.
English is taking over the world. I just wrote a piece about it. And it's not by design. The United States dominates because it's the biggest market.
I get work because I'm primarily a novelist but I've become script doctor. I can work back and forth between French and English.
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