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David Brin Quotes

David Brin Quotes & Quotations
David Brin
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    Above all, TRIBES is fun, and even kind of sexy... in that every round features an Opportunity for Reproduction, which is the main aim of the game, as it is in most of Nature. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author's product. The real universe ain't that way, and neither are my fictive ones. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    But honestly, if you do a rigorous survey of my work, I'll bet you'll find that biology is a theme far more often than physical science. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    But it is a delightful challenge to try to depict interesting aliens. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    Fortunately, human beings are remarkably diverse models to work from. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    I find humans tremendously interesting. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    I would normally never set out to write a trilogy. David_BrinDavid Brin
  • 10
    In the book, America had already been weakened by bio terror plagues before waves of selfish violence took down the rest. But the real enemy was the kind of male human being who nurses fantasies of violent glory at the expense of his fellow citizens. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    My education and background thoroughly inform my writing. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    One of the rules I try to follow is that normal people are going to be involved even in heroic events. David_BrinDavid Brin
  • 14
    Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction. I've had some failures. On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam... and I'm not happy to be right in all of those cases. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It's happened many times in the past. It could happen to us. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal. David_BrinDavid Brin
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    There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives. David_BrinDavid Brin
  • 18
    Why must conversions always come so late? Why do people always apologize to corpses? David_BrinDavid Brin