You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one.
Writing is a communication.
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.
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.
There are people who have tremendously important things to say, but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it.
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.
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.
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.
Ninety percent of SF [science fiction] is crud, but then, ninety percent of everything is crud.
If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?
No man can rob successfully over a period of years without pleasing the people he robs.
A science fiction story is a story with a human problem, and a human solution, that would not have happened at all without its scientific content.
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.
The first writing I did was short short stories for a newspaper syndicate for which I was paid five dollars a piece on publication.
Basically, fiction is people. You can't write fiction about ideas.
As far as hypnosis is concerned, I had a very serious problem when I was in my twenties. I encountered a man who later became the president of the American Society of Medical Hypnosis. He couldn't hypnotize me.
You must write to the people's expertise.
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