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The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

A hero is an ordinary individual
who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

Never trust anyone who wants what you've got.
Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.
- Eubie Blake

There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief ...
and unspeakable love.
- Washington Irving

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
- Wernher von Braun

The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed
of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

For small businesses, regulatory burdens can be overwhelming.
- Michael K. Simpson

I've stood my ground in life, alone,
even against overwhelming forces with the might and money to crush me.
- Tatum O'Neal

The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity -
an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do.
- Bruce Barton

This evidence is overwhelming at this point.
You eat more plants, you eat less other stuff,
you live longer.
- Mark Bittman

The overwhelming majority of my rated wealth consists
of investments in companies that produce goods and services.
- Paul Getty

But 85 percent of the mosques have extremist leadership in this country.
Most Muslims, the overwhelming majority of Muslims,
are loyal Americans.
- Peter King

It's pretty overwhelming to know that people can call
up Moviefone and find out where it's playing.
- Monica Keena

I think I present an overwhelming case that these five
justices were up to no good,
and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush.
- Vincent Bugliosi

Look, freedom is an overwhelming American notion.
The idea that we want to see the world,
the peoples of the world free is something that all of us subscribe to.
- Joe Biden

Being a member of the labor force and a full-time parent
means trying to manage against overwhelming odds in an unresponsive society.
- Sheila B. Kamerman

Suddenly I've got an overwhelming desire to surround
myself with the aura of classical and Romantic art.
- Sylvester Stallone

There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem,
the more likely one will be to treat others with respect,
kindness, and generosity.
- Nathaniel Branden

I loved my life, but my choices were overloading and overwhelming me.
Listening to inner feelings and fulfilling some of
these urges when they come along is incredibly important.
- Pamela Stephenson

As horrific as this impact has been on my constituents,
it is only a small part of the overwhelming destruction
covering 90,000 square miles of the Gulf Coast.
- Jo Bonner

If you think about it, Washington's overwhelming power
in the world is founded on death,
the awesome arsenal for killing people.
- William Greider

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to
a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.
- Jane D. Hull

You never know how you're going to be received,
after all this time.
The initial response we had was just overwhelming,
particularly that tour of the States.
- Roger Andrew Taylor

It came so soon and so fast.
It's just overwhelming.
Every time I think about it, I just can't believe it.
- Gabriela Sabatini

My athleticism was really the core to social acceptance,
because in those days the overwhelming number of students
came from more of a public school background than I did.
- Roger Bannister

The violent radicals do not legitimately represent
the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims.
- Gijs de Vries

I have been particularly struck with the overwhelming
evidence which is given as to the fitness of the natives
of India for high offices and employments.
- Richard Cobden

The first light of day today revealed what we had feared.
The devastation is greater than our worst fears.
It's just totally overwhelming.
- Kathleen Blanco

Without peace and without the overwhelming majority
of people that believe in peace defending it,
working for it, believing in it, security can never really be a reality.
- King Hussein I

But the single overwhelming reason why jails are bursting
is longer sentences given for more crimes.
- Polly Toynbee

I fell in love with Neil's pain.
We were in this cocoon of intensity.
Neil and I were uniquely in the same position at the same time,
having overwhelming success facing us.
- Carrie Snodgress

There was a point when it all really took off and got quite overwhelming,
even though I didn't realize it.
- Kate Moss

We were astonished by the beauty and refinement of
the art displayed by the objects surpassing all we could have imagined -
the impression was overwhelming.
- Howard Carter

I know of no higher fortitude than stubborness in the
face of overwhelming odds.
- Louis Nizer

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds
strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

Australians are a fantastic bunch of people but the
attention can be overwhelming for someone like me.
- Cathy Freeman

So when we start talking about the state and all those
that are so important and engaged and supportive around Florida,
we've gotten overwhelming support, and it's so exciting.
- Katherine Harris

He has selected from a group of overwhelming candidates.
This candidate was nominated to the Supreme Court because
of his extremely overwhelming qualifications.
- Rod Parsley

Well, usually when you talk about a mandate,
you're talking about an overwhelming win.
I don't think by any measurement the 2004 election was an overwhelming win.
- Lincoln Chafee

You don't expect to get the letter saying,
Her Majesty would like to appoint you Knight Commander of the British Empire!
It was just a completely overwhelming and exciting day.
- Antony Sher

The humiliation of the North is complete and overwhelming.
- Benjamin F. Wade

At religious instruction classes, I encountered The
Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan,
and the sincerity of the traveller in that book was overwhelming.
- Lionel Blue

I have always argued that change becomes stressful
and overwhelming only when you've lost any sense of
the constancy of your life.
You need firm ground to stand on.
From there, you can deal with that change.
- Richard Nelson Bolles

I did what most writers do when something happens that's overwhelming,
fascinating, moving, all of that.
I didn't know what else to do about it except write about it.
- Patti Davis

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

And I never ask what I'm doing the next day.
I don't want to know what I'm doing tomorrow.
It's much too overwhelming.
So I just go day by day, without knowing.
- Jennifer Lopez

I have been driven many times to my knees
by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go.
My own wisdom, and that of all about me,
seemed insufficient for the day.
- Abraham Lincoln

The overwhelming majority of theories are rejected
because they contain bad explanations,
not because they fail experimental tests.
- David Deutsch


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