Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.
When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them, they show us the state of our decay.
A writer should say to himself, not, How can I get more money?, but How can I reach more readers (without lowering standards)?
Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.
When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults.
I can't help believing that these things that come from the subconscious mind have a sort of truth to them. It may not be a scientific truth, but it's psychological truth.
To be a standard shape is not all in life. To know is also important.
Obeying an inalienable law, things grew, growing riotous and strange in their impulse for growth.
Most of my poetry lies beyond the SF field, yet here I am corralled into 'SF poetry' as part of this poetry weekend. Of course, some might say, 'you've made your own bed - now you must lie in it!' But, while fully accepting that dictum, I'm not yet quite prepared to lie down...
Man was an accident on this world or it would have been made better for him!
It's a national failing to think of politics as something that goes on in Parliament. It isn't; it's something that goes on inside us.
What were several fewer species of animals compared with a hundred-mile advance and another medal on another general?
Let's have a toast-to the future generation of consumers, however many heads or assholes they have!
Relax, enjoy yourself. Have another drink. It's patriotic to overconsume.
I've no objection to morality, except that it's obsolete.
That is why we dread children, even if we love them. They show us the state of our decay.
The feat represents immense achievement for the neotenic ape, species Homo sapiens. But behind this lie twooldattributesoftheapetribalismandinquisitiveness.
I have had wealth, rank and power, but, if these were all I had, how wretched I should be.
When you are young, you enjoy a sustained illusion that sooner or later something marvelous is going to happen, that you are going to transcend your parents' limitations.
My briefest ever definition of science fiction is 'Hubris clobbered by Nemesis.'
When knowledge becomes formulated into a science, then it does take on a life of it's own, often alien to the human spirit that conceived it.
I was hardly fit for human society. Thus destiny shaped me to be a science fiction writer.
Most SF is about madness, or what is currently ruled to be madness; this is part of its attraction - it's always playing with how much the human mind can encompass.
Keep violence in the mind Where it belongs (Barefoot in the Head)
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