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I always had this non-stop drive.
by Kevin J. Anderson

I always had this non-stop drive.
I had to keep sending stories out and every once in
awhile I'd get something accepted or get the little
trickle of positive feedback.
- Kevin J. Anderson

There is grand romance in The Lord of the Rings.
It's an important part of epic literature.
- Kevin J. Anderson

One of the things that was kind of shocking for humans...
was to come to terms with was the fact that,
hey, we may not be the center of the universe.
- Kevin J. Anderson

We wanted to write the first prequels as a story that anyone could pick up.
- Kevin J. Anderson

 

The great secret behind classified projects is that
most of them are so utterly boring and uninteresting
that James Bond wouldn't even take a second look at them.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Each book will have a lot of cliffhangers,
because I like that.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I want to make it so that so many things happen...
that you didn't expect would happen in this series,
that you realize that you have to read every one of them.
- Kevin J. Anderson

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I don't think the author should make the reader do
that much work to remember who somebody is.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I think that somebody with the resources and innovation
and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come
up with a successful space travel program.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Every spare second I would write, somehow.
On my lunch hour, too.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I had a minor in Russian history, and this was at the
time when the big Cold War was going on.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Wouldn't you like to have an augmented memory chip
that you could plug into your head so you don't have
to look everything up and remember everything?
- Kevin J. Anderson

I think now I'm up to something like 85 different titles that I've published.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I sold my very first novel when I was 24 or 25 years old.
- Kevin J. Anderson

It was like there was a pile of kindling that was in
the back of my imagination just waiting there.
Once I lit it, it just flared up and I kept getting ideas and ideas.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I always turn in my books on time, so you can always
count on a book coming out when it's supposed to.
- Kevin J. Anderson

If you had an alien race that looked like insects,
then they would build robots to look like themselves,
not to look like people.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Of course you don't make any noise in space,
because there's no air.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I mean, I wasn't stupid.
I knew we'd make money and sell a lot of Dune books.
- Kevin J. Anderson

If I could go back in time and tell my younger self
that eventually that I'd become very successful writing
Dune books after Frank Herbert's death,
I would have laughed myself silly, I think,
at how strange that prospect would be.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I've had the same, full-time assistant and typist for eight or nine years now.
She's read everything I've written, she types everything and does a good job,
translates it and makes comments.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy,
with kings, queens, dukes and court politics,
but of course like what I was explaining before,
about making the science make sense,
you have to make the politics make sense,
too.
- Kevin J. Anderson

In a certain sense, this guy - who is one of the most
evil people in the book -
he's not really that bad at running the show,
because he knows what he's doing, he's smart and he's
got the big picture in mind.
He's like the Godfather.
- Kevin J. Anderson

The people who make policy decisions should damned
well know what they are talking about before they make the decisions.
There is nobody who is an expert on cloning who would
be afraid after seeing Attack of the Clones.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I got to spend all of my time every day at work reading
and editing papers about cutting-edge technical research and getting paid for it.
Then I'd go home at night and turn what I learned into science fiction stories.
- Kevin J. Anderson

My dad is a bank president and my mom was an accountant
and they didn't think that seeking the life of a freelance
writer was very practical,
you see.
Of course, I was just as determined to do it.
- Kevin J. Anderson

If you look at the British royal family and take away
the scandals and the goofy stuff that's going on,
people love to have this king to look up to -
the royals are like celebrities.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I'm talking to you and it's basically a direct communication,
whereas if I'm writing a letter to you and you read the letter,
there are like 12 extra deconstruction and reconstruction
steps in the communication.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Sure, President Bush can say that the U.S.
government won't fund stem cell research,
but believe me, Japan is applauding.
Because they will just do it first and get all the patents.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Dune is the bestselling science fiction book of all time.
It's something you really need to read in your lifetime.
If you're going to read The Lord of the Rings,
which everyone should, then you have to read Dune,
too.
- Kevin J. Anderson

My total year's income from working as hard as I possibly
could from writing went from like $30 one year to about $70 the next year.
And it made me realize that maybe you couldn't really pay the rent that way.
- Kevin J. Anderson

We sat around on a hotel balcony with a bottle of wine
and tried to figure out how you would go about blowing up a planet.
That's the kind of conversations science fiction writers
have when they get together.
We don't talk about football or anything like that.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Over the years, I've trained myself to speak using
the same language I would use if I were typing:
meaning using full sentences in the way that paragraphs and scenes are arranged.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Do you want Columbus to go across the ocean,
or do you want to put a message in a bottle and hope
that it lands somewhere? I'd rather have actual people be there.
Whether they look like Americans or like the inhabitants of some other country,
depends on who has the most drive.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Telling your story out loud is the way human beings communicate.
We don't normally think up words, translate how to
spell them and then move our fingers up and down over
this randomly arranged set of keys to make the same
letters appear on a screen.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I did several interesting jobs, working in restaurants,
I worked at a lab rat farm, feeding and watering all these rats.
Then I got a full-time job as a technical writer for
a large scientific research laboratory.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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