A lot of us don't want to be quite that serious about world problems. Our life is there to enjoy, not to be an eternal dissident, eternally unhappy with how things are and with the state of mankind.
I sell well now in Russia. I remember one signing in Russia some years ago where the bookstore had two strongmen to hold the crowds back.
Why in God's name should a God be praised if he is only performing his Godly function?
It is a truism throughout the civilized galaxy that when you go to the police, your troubles really begin.
As far as the mechanics go, working with other people on received ideas was for me a very interesting technical problem. I can't say that any of my collaborations engaged my heart, but they engaged the craftsman in me.
But science perhaps is very difficult without faith. Also there is no simple way of saying now we have science, we don't need faith anymore.
I like to think that I have no single view nor any single situation that I think things arrive from. I try to give examples of what I think are interesting questions for me.
I don't finish every story, but I probably write and send out three out of five of them.
A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt.
I have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.
I'm not so interested any more in how a great deal of science fiction goes. It goes into things like Star Wars and Star Trek which all go excellent in their own way.
Wherever you go in the galaxy, you can find a food business, a house-building business, a war business, a peace business, a governing business, and so forth. And, of course, a God business, which is called 'religion,' and which is a particularly reprehensible line of endeavor.
I was never able to write seriously about heroes because I was very aware that I was not one and that in my background there was not this heroic thing.
I'm quite influenced in this by one of my heroes, Montaigne, who thought a man's real task was to render as honest an account of himself as he could.
Once you find you can't walk as far and as fast as you were able, life becomes more complicated.
Science fiction is very healthy in its form.
I'm not too fond of the hard work and the constant battle with self-doubt that goes on when I write, but I figure that's part of the territory.
Originality is a concept possible only to a limited viewpoint.
Ethical and questions of philosophy interest me a great deal.
The British audience was very important to me. I have always looked away from American to non-American audiences and so this was important.
The absurdist stuff wasn't terribly popular at the time I was doing it.
I've always thought of absurdism as a French fad I'd like to belong to.
I would like to do a novel where some curse turns that into how the world really is - a blessing or a curse, I don't know which.
It takes me a long time to get with a landscape. It took me 20 years before I wrote anything about Ibiza, and I haven't written about Oregon yet, although I've been there 20 years - possibly I'm almost due.
I think it can be quite impossible to think well of yourself, so I prefer not to think about that too much. But I am very pleased, obviously.
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