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Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except the biggest potential bestsellers. Given all the changes, both economic and technological, SF hasn't done too badly.
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Besides the mistakes that are pointed out, I love the way readers become involved with the characters. When readers start asking about character motivations instead of concentrating on the special effects, it means you're connecting with them on a personal level.
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Currently I'm reading several books on South Africa and Mauritius, both places from which I just returned. Also books on Northern India and Pompeii, locates I hope to visit within the next year.
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Dawn was written well before 9/11. People speak a lot today about the banality of evil, but not all evil is banal. Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out. That's where the real danger lies.
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Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
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Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
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Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all. Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies. We're not a particular species. Check out popular video games.
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Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer. All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer. Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible, which is why I started reading it. I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved.
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History is replete with great events that result from a concatenation of seemingly unrelated incidents whose relationship is often only discernible in hindsight.
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How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all.
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I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal. I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year. I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense... I engage in too many activities already through the actions of my characters.
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I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material, so rewriting is hard for me. I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
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I hear entire symphonies, oratorios, in my head, but I can't write a note.
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I need as much silence as possible, though I can work with some background noise. No music... I get too involved in the music.
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I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in exchange for protecting the innocent. It's a life of sacrifice. There are rewards, but also a certain degree of sterility.
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I try to challenge myself as much as possible, as often as possible.
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I used to be of the outline school, but after 30 years I find it's no longer necessary. However, I don't entirely make it up as I go along.
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I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes. Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades. I may go again this year.
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I write early in the morning, usually after reading portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
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I'm very concerned with ecology.
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I've been writing full-time since 1978.
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In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every character is based directly on someone I have known.
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It's unreasonable, for example, to expect a female Jedi to think exactly like a male Jedi... or an alien one... in every situation.
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Keep writing. Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap. Getting from page four to page five is more important than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
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Living gives you a better understanding of life. I would hope that my characters have become deeper and more rounded personalities. Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight into how cultural differences affect not only people, but politics and art.
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My experiences have been generally, though not always, good. There are a few bad apples in any field, business, endeavor.
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Structure-wise, I wanted to do something different from the preceding two books in the trilogy. Having read them, the tripartite story structure in Diuturnity's Dawn could not have been anticipated. Readers deserve surprises.
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The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia conglomerate has resulted in less diversity within the field and has made it much harder for newer writers not only to break in, but to make any kind of a living while doing so.
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There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing. That means there's also more bad SF available. Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
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What publishers want now, as do film producers, is to create a franchise, be it under a universe, a name, or through a media connection.
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Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world, which is what I always wanted to do. I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton, but it's the wrong century.
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