You know what they say the modern version of Pascal's Wager is? Sucking up to as many Transhumanists as possible, just in case one of them turns into God.
No one grows up. That's one of the sickest lies they ever tell you. People change. People compromise. People get stranded in situations they don't want to be in… and they make the best of it. But don't try to tell me it's some kind of… glorious preordained ascent into emotional maturity. It's not.
Widespread caffeine use explains a lot about the twentieth century.
For there is a truth which cannot be bought or sold, imposed by force, resisted or escaped.
Being rewarded for anything other than the quality of their work is the fastest way to screw-up a writer-and it isn't only new ones who suffer from that.
Screw every known human culture.
I was six years old when my parents told me that there was a small, dark jewel inside my skull, learning to be me.
On his eighteenth day in the tiger cage, Robert Stoney began to lose hope of emerging unscathed.
The Universe may be stranger than we can imagine, but it's going to have a tough time outdoing Egan.
Australian SF book publishing has undergone a boom recently, and sometimes it's easier for new writers to sell a book to a local publisher first, which then makes a US edition more likely.
Diaspora starts about a thousand years from now. Most of human civilisation has moved inside computers; essentially, a major branch of our descendants consists of conscious software.
If we spend all our time gazing at the wonders ahead without remembering where we're standing right now, we're going to trip and fall flat on our face, over and over again.
Would I have been happier? Maybe. But then, happiness was overrated.
No, that’s journalism. The truth is whatever you can’t escape.
Nobody wants to spend eternity alone.
Everyone here would die for the sake of truth. Everyone here lies constantly for the tiniest chance of personal gain. This is what it means to be a scientist.
I've supported myself by writing since 1992, and I'm probably very nearly unemployable by now because employers are likely to be put off by the long gap.
I think new writers everywhere need opportunities to get published.
I admire David Lynch so much, and I think he made some bad decisions with Lost Highway.
Fandom is about fandom, it's a great big social club.
I hadn't given much thought to the prospect of a Hugo nomination at the time it happened, but obviously once you're nominated, winning one seems a bit less far-fetched than before.
I don't have any structured grand plan; I just intend to keep writing about the things that interest me-some of which change, some of which don't.
How does it feel to be seven thousand years old?
On how I want to feel.
Mathematics catalogues everything that is not self-contradictory; within that vast inventory, physics is an island of structures rich enough to contain their own beholders.
A story in Asimov's is read by hundreds of thousands of people.
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