Alan Dean Foster
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every character is based directly on someone I have known.
I’ve been writing full-time since 1978.
I write early in the morning, usually after reading portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
I try to challenge myself as much as possible, as often as possible.
I hear entire symphonies, oratorios, in my head, but I can’t write a note.
How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all.
Don’t try to write to the trend of the moment.
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…
Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
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.…
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…
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