As far as the mechanics go, working with other people on received ideas was for me a very interesting technical problem. I can't say that any of my collaborations engaged my heart, but they engaged the craftsman in me.
I don't finish every story, but I probably write and send out three out of five of them.
I'm quite influenced in this by one of my heroes, Montaigne, who thought a man's real task was to render as honest an account of himself as he could.
A lot of us don't want to be quite that serious about world problems. Our life is there to enjoy, not to be an eternal dissident, eternally unhappy with how things are and with the state of mankind.
I've always thought of absurdism as a French fad I'd like to belong to.
Once you find you can't walk as far and as fast as you were able, life becomes more complicated.
So I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction, I was not at all sure if what I wrote would be acceptable even. But I don't say that I consciously wrote with humour. Humour is a part of you that comes out.
There is a great deal of cyberpunk that I admire, especially the work of William Gibson which I think is excellent. Somehow he speaks from his own heart and cyber punk is what comes out.
A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt.
I don't much like to look back with the idea that I was doing it wrong then or I'm doing it wrong now.
I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
Ethical and questions of philosophy interest me a great deal.
The absurdist stuff wasn't terribly popular at the time I was doing it.
I have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.
I knew I was doing something right because it was selling so I didn't want to interfere with it.
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