Language Is A Virus

John Sladek Quotes

John Sladek Quotes & Quotations
John Sladek
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    Anything can happen in SF. And the fact that nothing ever does happen in SF is only due to the poverty of our imaginations, we who write it or edit it or read it. But SF can in principle deal with anything. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    I always figure I can have the Midwest one way or the other. Because it's my background, it ought to be a voice that comes easily. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    I found some time ago that I have to be careful, while working on a novel, what I read. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    I have a kind of standard explanation why, which goes like this: Science fiction is one way of making sense out of a senseless world. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    I started writing, or rather, thinking, stories as a child, and at that time the reason was very clear. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    I usually like whatever I've recently finished best. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    In most conventional novels, God is not allowed to be nuts. Nor are nuts allowed to be God. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    People have laughed at all great inventors and discoverers. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    See, I have no journalism in my background, so I wasn't practised at research or writing non-fiction, nor at handling the truth in a journalistic way. Journalists know when to call a halt and write something, but I kept on looking for answers. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    SF has at least the advantage of not depending on preconceptions. John_SladekJohn Sladek
  • 11
    The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive. John_SladekJohn Sladek
  • 12
    The problem and privilege we all have is being alive in this century and able to read this language. It makes any list meaningless except the list of an illiterate. John_SladekJohn Sladek
  • 13
    This is mainly because I spend a lot of time writing and so don't have much time to read; I hate to waste that time reading what may turn out to be junk food for the mind, when there's so much real writing to be read. John_SladekJohn Sladek
  • 14
    Tom and I are never in the same city long enough and both between books, so a further collaboration looks unlikely for some time. John_SladekJohn Sladek
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    We didn't have a phone when I was a kid, and I was too shy to smash any public phones, and our town didn't have a pool hall either, so I had to hang out at the public library - and anyway, I told myself stories. John_SladekJohn Sladek
  • 16
    Whatever I'm reading at the moment seems to influence whatever I'm writing. John_SladekJohn Sladek