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Advice to beginning SF writers? Write a lot,
by Rudy Rucker

Advice to beginning SF writers? Write a lot,
finish what you write, and when it's done,
keep sending it out for quite awhile.
- Rudy Rucker

Lately I've been working to convince myself that everything is a computation.
- Rudy Rucker

All living things are gnarly, in that they inevitably
do things that are much more complex than one might have expected.
- Rudy Rucker

Selling a book or story has never become absolutely automatic for me.
- Rudy Rucker

 

If all else fails, there's always print or web zines.
- Rudy Rucker

Unfortunately our nation, nay, our world,
is run by evil morons.
- Rudy Rucker

If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations,
the study of computer science can tell us about the
kinds of natural phenomena that can occur.
- Rudy Rucker

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One of the nice things about science fiction is that
it lets us carry out thought experiments.
- Rudy Rucker

I like to do things that are surprising and different.
- Rudy Rucker

At present, however, I don't think the Net is a very good medium for books,
books should really be inexpensive lightweight paperbacks you can bang around.
- Rudy Rucker

Now, being a science fiction writer,
when I see a natural principle,
I wonder if it could fail.
- Rudy Rucker

Traditional science is all about finding shortcuts.
- Rudy Rucker

It's tedious to watch something very obvious being worked out,
like a movie that's not particularly good and after
about half an hour you know how it's going to end.
- Rudy Rucker

Some ideas you have to chew on, then roll them around a lot,
play with them before you can turn them into funky science fiction.
- Rudy Rucker

Science fiction writers put characters into a world
with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
- Rudy Rucker

I like a book better if I can't predict what's going to happen.
- Rudy Rucker

A computation is a process that obeys finitely describable rules.
- Rudy Rucker

In any case, A New Kind of Science is a wonderful book,
and I'm still absorbing its teachings.
- Rudy Rucker

Computations are everywhere, once you begin to look
at things in a certain way.
- Rudy Rucker

Electronic distribution is more of a fall-back strategy
for putting out a book that isn't deemed profitable enough to print.
You hardly make any money publishing an electronic book.
- Rudy Rucker

I think dry nanotechnology is probably a dead-end.
- Rudy Rucker

But how does it feel to plug into a system that's say,
a million times as smart as a person.
- Rudy Rucker

It's soothing to realize that my mind's processes are
inherently uncontrollable.
- Rudy Rucker

The hard fact is that not everyone does get published.
- Rudy Rucker

If you think of your life as a kind of computation,
it's quite abundantly clear that there's not going
to be a final answer and there won't be anything particularly
wonderful about having the computation halt!
- Rudy Rucker

Unsolicited Advice Is Always Meddling.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

An unsolicited suggestion is
undistinguishable from a criticism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

No one can give you better advice than yourself.
- Cicero

A friend encourages your dreams and offers advice -
but when you don't follow it,
they still respect and love you.
- Doris Wild Helmering

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

There are old heads in the world
who cannot help me by their example or advice
to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself;
but I believe that it is in my power
to elevate myself this very hour
above the common level of my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

You are perfect. You are complete.
Your inner voice always knows what to do,
but it is a quiet voice.
You can only hear the whisperings of your inner voice -
your inner compass - when you turn down the volume
of your fears, your regrets, your resentments,
and the fear-based advice
your neighbors are so willing to give you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In those days he was wiser than he is now;
he used to frequently take my advice.
- Winston Churchill

He who can take advice is sometimes superior
to him who can give it.
- Erica Jong

She generally gave herself very good advice,
(though she very seldom followed it).
- Lewis Carroll

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more
absurd than to increase our provisions for the road
the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I always pass on good advice.
It is the only thing to do with it.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry

Advice is seldom welcome,
and those who need it the most, like it the least.
- Lord Chesterfield

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his
40s shouldn't play tennis.
I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait
until I reached 50 to start again.
- Hugo Black

My advice to you is get married:
if you find a good wife you'll be happy;
if not, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The best money advice ever given me was from my father.
When I was a little girl, he told me,
'Don't spend anything unless you have to.'
- Dinah Shore

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good,
until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think
in your mind that the counsel is wise.
- Joan Rivers

Death is a very dull, dreary affair,
and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
- W. Somerset Maugham

A word to the wise ain't necessary -
it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
- Bill Cosby

Listen to advice, but follow your heart.
- Conway Twitty

To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that
he doesn't know what to do or that he can't do it on his own.
- John Gray

Never feel that a piece of criticism or advice is too much trouble to give,
or that it exceeds your province.
- Lord Mountbatten

A piece of advice always contains an implicit threat,
just as a threat always contains an implicit piece of advice.
- Jose Bergamin

I would never offer advice without the person asking for it.
I, in general, don't believe in giving advice,
actually, as a human being I don't.
- Joan Chen

Know when to tune out, if you listen to too much advice
you may wind up making other peoples mistakes.
- Ann Landers

When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism
and advice instead of compliments,
he forgets that it was not his good judgment,
but his charming manners, that won her heart.
- Helen Rowland

I'll tell you one thing: Don't ever give anybody your best advice,
because they're not going to follow it.
- Jack Nicholson

The best advice is to take it easy, respect speed limits
and do not try to make up time lost in the tailbacks on the open road.
- Emma Caulfield

My advice to anyone adapting a novel is that once they've
read it and learnt to understand it,
then they must throw it away and never look at it again!
- Ben Elton

You know, I hate to give advice because my life has
been so odd that almost nothing that's happened to me can apply.
- William Joyce

I wish I could give you a lot of advice,
based on my experience of winning political debates.
But I don't have that experience.
My only experience is at losing them.
- Richard M. Nixon

Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.
- Robert Lynd

Some people like my advice so much that they frame
it upon the wall instead of using it.
- Gordon R. Dickson

I used to take five or six books away and bring five or six books back.
Nobody gave me direction or advice and I read much
in the way that a boy might watch television.
- John McGahern

An extreme optimist is a man who believes that humanity
will probably survive even if it doesn't take his advice.
- John McCarthy

The worst men often give the best advice.
- Francis Bacon

Here's good advice for practice: go into partnership with nature;
she does more than half the work and asks none of the fee.
- Martin H. Fischer

I've been homeschooling for eight years and have always
received the best advice and encouragement from other homeschoolers,
rather than a book or lecture.
- Lisa Whelchel

If someone gives you so-called good advice,
do the opposite; you can be sure it will be the right
thing nine out of 10 times.
- Anselm Feuerbach


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