You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one.
Writing is a communication.
Ninety percent of everything is crap.
Why must we love where the lightning strikes, and not where we choose?
I repeat Sturgeon's Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud.
I write a story as if it were a letter to someone and essentially, that's what you do.
There are people who have tremendously important things to say, but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it.
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever. You can go not only into the future, but into that wonderful place called other, which is simply another universe, another planet, another species.
Logic and truth are two very different things, but they often look the same to the mind that's performing the logic.
Just think about it," he said softly. "You can do practically anything. You can have practically everything. And none of it will keep you from being alone." "Shut up shut up...Everybody's alone." He nodded. "But some people learn how to live with it.
There is in certain living souls a quality of loneliness unspeakable, so great it must be shared as company is shared by lesser beings. Such a loneliness is mine; so know by this that in immensity there is one lonelier than you.
When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly, then you've got a good writer.
The novels were all right for a while until she found out that most of them were like the movies - all about the pretty ones who really own the world.
If ever you want to touch the hand and the heart of God Almighty, you can do it through the body of someone you love. Anytime. Anywhere. Without no middleman.
Fear is a survival instinct; fear in its way is a comfort for it means that somewhere hope is alive.
There are a lot of people who write very intensely about things they do not and cannot do.
Nothing is always absolutely so
Love's a different sort of thing, hot enough to make you flow into something, interflow, cool and anneal and be a weld stronger than what you started with.
Inner space is so much more interesting, because outer space is so empty.
For years, I thought I simply didn't dream. I felt left out. Everybody else had a thing I didn't have.
I've always written very tightly, and there's a good reason for that. There's no point in using words that you're not going to apply.
Once I had all the facts in, I found I didn't have the immoral courage to pull the caper. So I wrote it as a story. As a teenager, I didn't have any skills for writing as such, so it came out in 1500 words.
The movers and shakers have always been obsessive nuts.
My wife is beginning to instruct me on means to retrieve dreams, and bit by bit, it does seem to be working.
Anybody can do anything he wants to if he wants to do it badly enough.
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