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.
You have to study your field and you have to find out how other people do it, and you have to keep working and learning and practicing and ultimately, you would be able to do it.
Fiction is very important to me. It's what I do, it's what I do with my life.
The best Science Fiction is as good as the best fiction in any field.
The vast majority of fiction is written to markets and to this damnable business we have nowadays of categorizing everything.
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.
For years, I thought I simply didn't dream. I felt left out. Everybody else had a thing I didn't have.
When I can't do something, this always impels me to study it.
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.
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 have lived most of my life with the conviction that I don't dream, because I never could retrieve a dream.
I've hung around in absolute exhaustion and starvation waiting for an idea to hit, which might have been months. I've talked things over with editors, found out what they wanted, and when they wanted it delivered.
There was so much that you could do, instead of looking for things that you couldn't do.
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