- Fiction has to be plausible. All history has to do is happen.
- Many things are possible. Few things are certain.
- I see people who write characters who are loonies and make them convincing and believable, and I envy them tremendously. I don’t really understand them. It’s funny, because I’ve created my own monster. In the ‘Great War’ and ‘American Empire’ books, I’m writing the person who is the functional equivalent of Adolf Hitler. I’m inside his head — and that’s a very strange place for somebody who thinks of himself as a fairly rational fellow to be. That’s alarming
- I suspect S.F. has an individualistic, antiauthoritarian trend to it not least because so many of the people who read and write it (not all by any means, but quite a few) are innerdirected introverts who make neither good leaders nor good followers. Am I talking about myself? Well, now that you mention it, yes. But I ain’t the only one, not even close.
The United State of Atlantis (2008)
- A horsefly can't do a horse much real damage, but it can drive it wild anyhow.
- p. 127
- People you don't like are pigheaded. Your friends are stubborn, or hold to their purpose.
- p. 184