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 write a story as if it were a letter to someone and essentially, that's what you do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have lived most of my life with the conviction that I don't dream, because I never could retrieve a dream.
They say dogs ignore their reflections in mirrors because they can't smell them. Dogs, unlike people, are not fooled by what they see.
I find to my mixed astonishment that I do dream, but I didn't know it.
Here's the point to be made - there are no synonyms. There are no two words that mean exactly the same thing.
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.
When I can't do something, this always impels me to study it.
Fiction is very important to me. It's what I do, it's what I do with my life.
The movers and shakers have always been obsessive nuts.
Anybody can do anything he wants to if he wants to do it badly enough.
There are people who have tremendously important things to say, but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it.
I learned how to live on five and sometimes ten dollars a week.
Corollary 1: The existence of immense quantities of trash in science fiction is admitted and it is regrettable; but it is no more unnatural than the existence of trash anywhere.
You don't sit up in a cave and write the Great American Novel and know it is utterly superb, and then throw it page by page into the fire. You just don't do that. You send it out. You have to send it out.
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