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Dawn was written well before 9/11.
by 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

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

 

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

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

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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

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
- 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 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 try to challenge myself as much as possible,
as often as possible.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,
not by mechanical aid, but by
an infinite expectation of the dawn.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is darkest just before the dawn.
- Proverb

Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight,
and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
- Oscar Wilde

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if
you just show up and try to do the right thing,
the dawn will come.
You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
- Anne Lamott

A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn.
- Claude Debussy

There is only one day left, always starting over:
it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

At the dawn of the 19th century, the country was awakening
to its enormous scope and variety.
- David Lavender

In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that
it is darkest before dawn.
- Larry Summers

There is no short and easy road, no magic cure for
those ills which have afflicted mankind from the dawn of history.
- Frank B. Kellogg

Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience -
unless they are still up.
- Ellen Goodman

The nearer the dawn the darker the night.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety.
- Rene Daumal

It is not time for mirth and laughter,
the cold, gray dawn of the morning after.
- George Ade

So the idea that there is nothing essential,
in the sense that there are no human universals,
is dogma.
Ask most anyone who is going to be shot at dawn.
- Catharine MacKinnon

Enlighten the people generally,
and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind
will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or
dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and
possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.
- James Douglas

I think everything should happen at halfway to dawn.
That's when all the heads of government should meet.
I think everybody would fall in love.
- Billy Strayhorn

On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who,
at the dawn of decision, sat down to wait,
and waiting died.
- Sam Ewing

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life,
and every setting sun be to you as its close.
- John Ruskin

And that will increasingly dawn on people.
The demand for controlling the commanding heights will grow.
- Barbara Castle

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins
my blood and numbs my brain,
I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote
wailing to the yellow dawn,
my cares fall from me - I am happy.
- Hamlin Garland

The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us.
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
There is more day to dawn.
The sun is but a morning star.
- Henry David Thoreau

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?
- Thornton Wilder

Even though it was six o'clock, there was no sense of approaching dawn.
- Mary Higgins Clark

Though force can protect in emergency,
only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation
can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.
- Emily Dickinson

We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn
of a beautiful new world.
We will see it when we believe it.
- Saul Alinsky

On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones
of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest,
and in resting died.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The past is the beginning of the beginning and all
that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
- H. G. Wells

Every where the years bring to all enough of sin and sorrow;
but in slavery the very dawn of life is darkened by these shadows.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

Oft when the white, still dawn lifted the skies and pushed the hills apart,
I have felt it like a glory in my heart.
- Edwin Markham

The dawn is not distant, nor is the night starless;
love is eternal.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It was my father who taught me to value myself.
He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that
I was the most precious thing in his life.
- Dawn French

When they thought of me, they always remembered the vacuous Billie Dawn.
It was as simple as that.
- Judy Holliday

The evening sings in a voice of amber,
the dawn is surely coming.
- Al Stewart

No jealousy their dawn of love overcast,
nor blasted were their wedded days with strife;
each season looked delightful as it past,
to the fond husband and the faithful wife.
- James Beattie

I rise to taste the dawn, and find that love alone will shine today.
- Ken Wilber

These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly,
waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity,
sleeping in the cold night's arms.
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca

For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature's finest balm.
- Edwin Way Teale

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.
- Emily Dickinson

Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.
- Ambrose Bierce

It began to dawn on me that perhaps my country needed
me more at home than overseas.
- Larry David

So it's conceivable I'll do something insane,
or more insane than Dawn of the Dead.
If that's possible.
- Sarah Polley

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick
dew-wet red berries in a cup.
- Wendell Berry

Longing is like the rosy dawn.
After the dawn out comes the sun.
Longing is followed by the vision of God.
- Ramakrishna


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