I carry a notebook and write down things to do, and I write out thoughts and stuff like that.
I like the physical action of writing down by hand, and I don't just use it for writing my fiction.
I suspect that war will become obsolete only when something worse supercedes it.
I think any writer keeps going back to some basic theme. Sometimes it's autobiographical. I guess it usually is.
If I had had a thing like an iPad when I was a kid, then I never would have gotten into the habit of writing things down by hand.
Most science fiction is about white men who are 25 to 30, who are very smart, who face a physical problem and solve it.
No good deed goes unpunished. I missed the moon landing by being nice to a stranger.
No person can escape Einsteinian relativity, and no soldier or veteran can escape the trauma of war's dislocation.
Political art - not always a contradiction in terms - can destroy institutions, or eat away at them.
Traveling anywhere in the world involves some risk. You could always opt to spend your life cowering under your bed.
Hemingway was a jerk. I mean he was really a great jerk. He was a good writer, and he did all sorts of things that I would never have the courage to do, but I don't think I'd enjoy being in the same room with him. He's not my kind of person.
I don't think I would have written a combat novel if I had just had peacetime military training. I think, in fact, I probably would have remained a poet and just written a short story every now and then.
I met Heinlein after 'The Forever War' had won the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He shook my hand and said he loved the book so much, he'd read it three times.
I think I would have been a writer, anyhow, in the sense of having written a story every now and then, or continued writing poetry. But it was the war experience and the two novels I wrote about Vietnam that really got me started as a professional writer.
It's fair to say that white America wouldn't have elected an African-American president without the integrating effect of black music - from Louis Armstrong to hip-hop - and black drama and fiction, commercial as much as 'serious.'
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