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A large fraction of the most interesting scientists have read a lot of SF at one time or another, either early enough that it may have played a part in their becoming scientists or at some later date just because they liked the ideas.
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A lot of science fiction is science-based, and it comes about because people notice something interesting about science and work it into a story.
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A lot of the cosmologists and astrophysicists clearly had been reading science fiction.
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Cosmology, nuclear physics, I do try to keep up on. They get more complex, and then some of the old theories just don't work out.
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Fred Hoyle, of course, was an astronomer before he began writing science fiction.
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I did that for 40 years or more. I never had any writer's block. I got up in the morning, sat down at the typewriter - now, computer - lit up a cigarette.
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I don't think the scientific method and the science fictional method are really analogous. The thing about them is that neither is really practiced very much, at least not consciously. But the fact that they are methodical does relate them.
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I just enjoy reading the stuff, and some of it sticks in my mind and fits into the stories. Maybe that's the best way to do it.
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I listened to a two-hour lecture on string theory at Fermilab and could not understand more than one word in ten, and the man was being as lucid as he could possibly be.
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I may be writing another 'Gateway' book. I've got a couple of stories already published, and a lot of connective material, but I haven't shown it to anybody because I'm not satisfied with parts of it.
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I was thinking of writing a little foreword saying that history is, after all, based on people's recollections, which change with time.
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I'm doing a book, 'Chasing Science,' about the pleasures of science as a spectator sport.
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I'm pretty catholic about what constitutes science fiction.
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If you don't care about science enough to be interested in it on its own, you shouldn't try to write hard science fiction. You can write like Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison as much as you want.
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In terms of stories I would buy for a science fiction magazine, if they take place in the future, that might do it.
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It's clear that science and science fiction have overlapping populations.
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My first thought was always a cigarette. It still is, but I haven't cheated.
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My old English buddy, John Rackham, wrote and told me what made science fiction different from all other kinds of literature - science fiction is written according to the science fiction method.
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People ask me how I do research for my science fiction. The answer is, I never do any research.
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Stephen Hawking said he spent most of his first couple of years at Cambridge reading science fiction (and I believe that, because his grades weren't all that great).
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Stories where the author has known very little, but run a computer program that tells him how to construct a planet, and looked up specific things about rocketry and so on, really suck.
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That's another thing - not smoking seriously handicapped my writing for about a year.
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That's the method: restructure the world we live in in some way, then see what happens.
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The big new development in my life is, when I turned 80, I decided I no longer have to do four pages a day. For me, it's like retiring.
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The head of Fermilab was reading Astonishing Stories when he was ten.
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The pleasure of going to a laboratory and seeing what they're doing, listening to the scientists talking, listening to the scientists gossip, and visiting like volcanoes, earthquakes, geysers, all that.
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The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction.
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The way you write science fiction is: you sit down at your writing machine and you open your mind to the first thought that comes through.
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There is a method which distinguishes SF from fantasy, though a lot of the science fiction written does not go by that method, and some fantasy does.
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You look at the world around you, and you take it apart into all its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens.
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