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There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing.
by 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

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

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

 

I've been writing full-time since 1978.
- 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

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

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

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

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job,
tell 'em, Certainly I Can. -
and get busy and find out how to do it.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Friendship is certainly the finest balm
for the pangs of disappointed love.
- Jane Austen

In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate and markets
and roadways and others, I do control myself
and my response to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Laugh at Life - it's certainly laughing at you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth cannot be defined,
although it can certainly be experienced.
But experience is not a definition.
A definition is made by the mind,
experience comes through participating.
If somebody asks, "What is a dance?" how can you define it?
But you can dance and you can know the inner feel of it.
God is the ultimate dance.
- Osho

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

You may as well laugh at life,
because it's certainly laughing at you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The natural cause of the human mind
is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
- Thomas Jefferson

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded.
In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
- Plato

All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart,
will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.
- Martin Luther

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible,
he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible,
he is very probably wrong.
- Arthur C. Clarke

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
- William James

Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League
uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.
- Erma Bombeck

Our family life was certainly not intellectual.
- Douglass North

I think I'm going to have to live vicariously through
my daughter's rebellion because I certainly never did go through adolescence.
- Brooke Shields

It is your own life, certainly, to spend as you choose.
- Tanya, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

It may not always be profitable at first for businesses to be online,
but it is certainly going to be unprofitable not to be online.
- Esther Dyson

Priorities - what's really important -
health, and doing what one wants to do -
it's certainly not money.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on,
deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
- Miriam Beard

I am certainly not an intellectual relativist,
nor a moral relativist.
- Edward Tufte

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts;
every action of animal life is concerned with seeking
bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.
- Saint Augustine

There's certainly nothing original about the observation
that conscious experience poses a hard problem.
- David Chalmers

Since the conception of our country,
America has held that parents,
not schools, teachers, and certainly not courts,
hold the primary responsibility of educating their children.
- John Doolittle

It's just that, when I'm in Japan I could foretell
to a certain degree what would be accepted,
so I certainly don't come up with any crazy arrangements.
- Utada Hikaru

If people want a sense of purpose they should get it from their archbishop.
They should certainly not get it from their politicians.
- Harold MacMillan

So after being with somebody for any number of days like that,
you can't help but feel for them.
You can't help them, but you certainly can root for them.
- Wink Martindale

It'll certainly give the pigeons something to do.
- Pat Cash

No, I mean, I most certainly date and go out.
- Liza Minnelli

Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks.
The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
- Thornton Wilder

I don't envy men and I certainly wouldn't like to become one now.
- Louise Brown

While some people are certainly seeing economic benefits,
many others are unemployed, underemployed,
without health insurance and struggling to make ends meet.
- Jerry Costello

There certainly was a lot of potential in the air for
doing a magazine which focused on the way business,
in particular, was being transformed by the Internet.
- James Daly

If we were truly in the studio making a record,
it would have been more time consuming,
and certainly I would have been more involved in the writing process.
- Taylor Dayne

I think most people don't like others who,
without a voice of their own, emulate the other.
I certainly don't want anybody just to pick up my thoughts
and hand them back to me.
- Marguerite Young

Nothing succeeds, they say, like success.
And certainly nothing fails like failure.
- Margaret Drabble

Dark impulses certainly exist in me and,
I think, in most people.
- Stephen Hopkins

One can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing,
and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time.
- Gioachino Rossini

It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the
right of intellectuals and political thinkers,
to pronounce the brain death of socialism.
- Norman Tebbit

Certainly Amadeus because it was a very powerful time for me,
we filmed it in the Czech Republic at a time of lots
of social and political change going on in that part of the world.
- Jeffrey Jones

Certainly we know from our own experience how very
difficult it is when you've lost an election that perhaps
a lot of people were expecting you to win.
- Patricia Hewitt

Some of the attitudes of Barney are certainly attitudes I share,
but not all.
- Mordecai Richler

I'm sad to see the passing of the great drug warriors.
I certainly did my part in that battle and I don't regret any of it.
- Marc Maron

I enjoy my money, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
I'd certainly rather be rich than poor.
- Christine McVie

An artist must be free to choose what he does,
certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.
- Langston Hughes


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