John Thomas Sladek Quotes.
The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only more expensive.
I found some time ago that I have to be careful, while working on a novel, what I read.
SF has at least the advantage of not depending on preconceptions.
Anything can happen in SF. And the fact that nothing ever does happen in SF is only due to the poverty of our imaginations, we who write it or edit it or read it. But SF can in principle deal with anything.
I think these days an SF connection would be a boost to other books; I’m sure more people have read my two little detective puzzles because of the SF connection.
Most publishers seem very reluctant to publish short story collections at all; they bring them out in paperback, often disguised as novels.
This is mainly because I spend a lot of time writing and so don’t have much time to read; I hate to waste that time reading what may turn out to be junk food for the mind, when there’s so much real writing to be read.
I started writing, or rather, thinking, stories as a child, and at that time the reason was very clear.
The problem and privilege we all have is being alive in this century and able to read this language. It makes any list meaningless except the list of an illiterate.
People have laughed at all great inventors and discoverers.
I usually like whatever I’ve recently finished best.
We didn’t have a phone when I was a kid, and I was too shy to smash any public phones, and our town didn’t have a pool hall either, so I had to hang out at the public library – and anyway, I told myself stories.
Whatever I’m reading at the moment seems to influence whatever I’m writing.