I wrote the very first stories in science fiction which dealt with homosexuality, The World Well Lost and Affair With a Green Monkey.
Inner space is so much more interesting, because outer space is so empty.
I write a story as if it were a letter to someone and essentially, that's what you do.
You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one.
The movers and shakers have always been obsessive nuts.
Writing is a communication.
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.
Ninety percent of everything is crap.
You don't sit up in a cave and write the Great American Novel and know it is utterly superb, and then throw it page by page into the fire. You just don't do that. You send it out. You have to send it out.
Once I had all the facts in, I found I didn't have the immoral courage to pull the caper. So I wrote it as a story. As a teenager, I didn't have any skills for writing as such, so it came out in 1500 words.
I've always written very tightly, and there's a good reason for that. There's no point in using words that you're not going to apply.
I find to my mixed astonishment that I do dream, but I didn't know it.
For years, I thought I simply didn't dream. I felt left out. Everybody else had a thing I didn't have.
Here's the point to be made - there are no synonyms. There are no two words that mean exactly the same thing.
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