The story was such that I couldn't make a graceful ending and then make a graceful new beginning. I could have, but I didn't want to. So, it isn't the most graceful way of writing a story. This new story is, I think, is pretty good stuff. I'm pleased with it anyway.
I was a carpenter for a time and everybody watches what you do.
A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment.
As I mentioned, I was a carpenter for a time.
But I've sure worked at jobs where I have been under inspection.
I haven't been to a movie since somebody gave me free tickets to Star Wars, which I went to.
In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you.
It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office, you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's supervision and surveillance.
I don't read other science fiction. I don't read any at all.
These are just the tip of the iceberg, because I read and read and read. I read everything.
This flattery has been rather slow in coming. I think all of sudden late in life now I'm getting some credit for what I've done. Which is gratifying, but it's kind of a little late.
I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized I have far too much material for the book.
But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard writing blind on computers. The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow, I'm so terribly slow using it.
But Roy Rockwood, it was science fiction for the sake of science fiction.
But, for instance, when I was awfully young, I read all the Oz books. They were an enormous influence on me.
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