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Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except
by Alan Dean Foster

Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except
the biggest potential bestsellers.
Given all the changes, both economic and technological,
SF hasn't done too badly.
- Alan Dean Foster

I try to challenge myself as much as possible,
as often as possible.
- Alan Dean Foster

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
- Alan Dean Foster

I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material,
so rewriting is hard for me.
I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
- Alan Dean Foster

 

How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story.
For fantasy, none at all.
- Alan Dean Foster

I've been writing full-time since 1978.
- Alan Dean Foster

I hear entire symphonies, oratorios,
in my head,
but I can't write a note.
- Alan Dean Foster

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I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in
exchange for protecting the innocent.
It's a life of sacrifice.
There are rewards, but also a certain degree of sterility.
- Alan Dean Foster

I write early in the morning, usually after reading
portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
- Alan Dean Foster

In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement,
every character is based directly on someone I have known.
- Alan Dean Foster

Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world,
which is what I always wanted to do.
I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton,
but it's the wrong century.
- Alan Dean Foster

Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
- Alan Dean Foster

I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make
the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes.
Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades.
I may go again this year.
- Alan Dean Foster

Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all.
Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies.
We're not a particular species.
Check out popular video games.
- Alan Dean Foster

Besides the mistakes that are pointed out,
I love the way readers become involved with the characters.
When readers start asking about character motivations
instead of concentrating on the special effects,
it means you're connecting with them on a personal level.
- Alan Dean Foster

Keep writing.
Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap.
Getting from page four to page five is more important
than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
- Alan Dean Foster

The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia
conglomerate has resulted in less diversity within
the field and has made it much harder for newer writers not only to break in,
but to make any kind of a living while doing so.
- Alan Dean Foster

There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing.
That means there's also more bad SF available.
Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
- Alan Dean Foster

Dawn was written well before 9/11.
People speak a lot today about the banality of evil,
but not all evil is banal.
Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out.
That's where the real danger lies.
- Alan Dean Foster

Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer.
All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer.
Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible,
which is why I started reading it.
I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved.
- Alan Dean Foster

Living gives you a better understanding of life.
I would hope that my characters have become deeper
and more rounded personalities.
Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight
into how cultural differences affect not only people,
but politics and art.
- Alan Dean Foster

I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal.
I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year.
I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense...
I engage in too many activities already through the
actions of my characters.
- Alan Dean Foster

If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live
the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have learned, that if one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

Civilization advances by extending the number of important
operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Justice is not to be taken by storm.
She is to be wooed by slow advances.
- Benjamin Cardozo

Real progress in understanding nature is rarely incremental.
All important advances are sudden intuitions,
new principles, new ways of seeing.
- Marilyn Ferguson

Since boredom advances and boredom is the root of all evil,
no wonder, then, that the world goes backwards, that evil spreads.
This can be traced back to the very beginning of the world.
The gods were bored; therefore they created human beings.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Nearly all of the advances in structural and aesthetic
innovation is coming from abroad.
- Arthur Erickson

You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual,
because in spite of great scientific and technological advances,
man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.
- Walker Percy

There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste;
there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares
himself for them with patience.
- Jean de la Bruyere

I can honestly, and proudly, say that I never was on the casting couch.
Oh, of course there have been advances from certain
men in the movie industry,
but nothing overwhelming.
- Dorothy Stratten

There were certain questions about the foundations
of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated.
- Leon Kass

Mankind advances only through struggle.
- Gustav Stresemann

Advances in science and medical research and public
health policies have meant that life expectancy for
Australians is one of the highest in the world.
- Julie Bishop

It's true that humanity has seen a succession of crises,
wars and atrocities, but this negative side is offset
by advances in technology and cultural exchanges.
- Abbe Pierre

With scientific advances, Congress must now make changes
to reflect new therapeutic options.
- Nathan Deal

In science the important thing is to modify and change
one's ideas as science advances.
- Herbert Spencer

As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Additionally, Smart Irrigation Month serves to recognize
advances in irrigation technology and practices that
produce not only more but also higher quality plants with less water.
- Jim Costa

Synergy and serendipity often play a big part in medical and scientific advances.
- Julie Bishop

In spite of advances in technology and changes in the economy,
state government still operates on an obsolete 1970s model.
We have a typewriter government in an Internet age.
- Matt Blunt

It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good
grace on the timid advances of Humour.
- W. Somerset Maugham

In fact what I would like to see is thousands of computer
scientists let loose to do whatever they want.
That's what really advances the field.
- Donald Knuth

The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which
man advances through centuries of exploration.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become
victims to women who make advances to them.
- Walter Bagehot

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.
- Gustave Flaubert

The world changes materially.
Science makes advances in technology and understanding.
But the world of humanity doesn't change.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Most of my advances were by mistake.
You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Technological advances could allow us to see more clearly into our own lives.
- Kevin Kelly

To me there has never been a higher source of earthly
honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.
- Isaac Newton

All that seems indispensible in stating the account
between the dead and the living,
is to see that the debts against the latter do not
exceed the advances made by the former.
- James Madison

Funeral by funeral, theory advances.
- Paul Samuelson

As society advances the standard of poverty rises.
- Theodore Parker

Indeed, the whole human species is endangered,
by nuclear weapons or by other means of wholesale destruction
which further advances in science are likely to produce.
- Joseph Rotblat

The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature,
the one retreats as the other advances.
- Joseph McCabe

Men are much more agressive with their advances.
- Dave Navarro

I don't take advances for my books.
- Andrew Vachss

There's a lot more to see when you're playing and because
of the advances in technology it makes room for all kinds of new characters.
- Tara Strong

I simply cannot see how denying chemotherapy treatment
for Palestinian children increases Israel's security or advances U.S.
national interests.
- Lois Capps

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

There's a connection between the advances that are
made in technology and the sense of primitive fear
people develop in response to it.
- Don DeLillo

Modern medical advances have helped millions of people live longer,
healthier lives.
We owe these improvements to decades of investment in medical research.
- Ike Skelton

As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics
of every situation again and again.
The age of automation is going to be the age of 'do it yourself.'
- Marshall McLuhan

Not so much in Canada, but certainly in the US,
as I'm sure you know, money is all, and if they can
get another 26 programs of the same thing even though
it advances the culture or those actor's careers not
at all it doesn't matter.
- Rowan Atkinson

You have to remember that coaching wasn't sophisticated back then -
you didn't have the camps,
clinics and all the technical advances that are available today -
so from that standpoint,
playing with a cast on my arm was a fortunate event in my life.
- Bob Cousy

We recognized in 1996 that, with progress in the field
of genetics accelerating at a breathtaking pace,
we need to ensure that advances in treatment and prevention
of disease do not constitute a new basis for discrimination.
- Olympia Snowe

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary;
new, universal, and more liberal laws
will begin to establish themselves around and within him;
or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor
in a more liberal sense,
and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.
- Henry David Thoreau

Advances in technology will continue to reach far into
every sector of our economy.
Future job and economic growth in industry,
defense, transportation, agriculture,
health care, and life sciences is directly related
to scientific advancement.
- Christopher Bond

So why sign your name in blood for more? It seemed
like a sensible arrangement for me.
I didn't sell large numbers of records and the record
company paid advances they rarely recouped.
- David Knopfler


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