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Links 1 through 10 of 107 by Paul Raven tagged writer

"He became a sage and prophet, whose visions of the cost of living in the modern world were an integral part of our understanding of the shape of things to come. At least one English dictionary has accepted "Ballardian" as a term descriptive of the landscape of the late 20th century: bleak, rusted out, choked with Ozymandian relics of the space age now past, dystopian – a landscape which surreally embodies the psychopathologies of modern humanity." The Clute obituary, natch.

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"It would be an easy world to navigate if all villains woke up every morning twirling their mustaches and thinking, “Aha, what can I do today to make widows suffer and orphans cry? How can I excel at pure evil in ways that I never have before?” By the same token, it would be equally wonderful if all the would-be good guys got up every day brimming with virtue and ready to feed the hungry and cure cancer. Strangely enough, it is often the case that the right things get done for reasons that are completely selfish; innocent people who are wrongly convicted of crimes are sometimes guilty of other things equally bad or worse; good people can have bad children and good children can have monstrous parents; and sometimes people are brilliant by accident and stupid due to bad luck. If we are all cogs in the world machine, it’s a machine designed by Rube Goldberg on steroids and crack." Pat Cadigan is my new favourite person ever.

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"If King, Dan Brown, JK Rowling and Patricia Cornwell were all to decide to move to selling their books online themselves, rather than going through a publisher, they'd certainly benefit financially. Typically, an author only receives about £1 for every copy of their book sold. Rather than relying on a publisher, big-name authors could afford to simply employ an editor, a PR person, a typesetter and a designer. They could price their books at only £2 or £3 and still make much more money than under the current system. But without the revenue from these authors underpinning the publishers, the current system would be unworkable. And what would happen then?" A big die-off, followed by a rising from the ashes. Interesting times, kids, interesting times. Watch the musicians, and start learning.

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"I read too many SF books about future worlds that differ from our own in only one or two aspects. Otherwise they have the same sort of economics, faiths, politics, prejudices and so forth that we have now. In my own lifetime I have seen our world transform radically in many, if not all, aspects of life. I wondered if I could do a more realistic evolved society than the norm, and I set out to push our world a few decades into the future in my imagination. This is a hard job because everything affects everything else, and I had to do a lot of rewriting."

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"The rule is, you only invent what you have to. And that’s pretty much what’s right in front of the reader. Let’s say it’s an ansible. I do not, in fact, invent the ansible. I do not explain how it works. I cannot, but shhh. I simply present the device as working, and as coming from a society which is far in advance of ours in science and technology, having spaceships that can travel nearly as fast as light, et cetera. And this background or context creates expectation and softens up the readers’ credulity so that they’re willing to “believe in” the ansible—inside the covers of the book." Interviewed by Vice Magazine. Yes, *that* Vice Magazine. Amazing where you find quality journalism, isn't it?

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"If you want to be a top professional taking down six figures for a book, I'm not the one to come to for advice. Otherwise, look for the traces of the unknown in yourself. Try to guess what language they want you to speak. Maybe a good guess will net you six figures, maybe it won't: but it will make you interesting."

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IROSF is back, and they've got an interview with Peter Watts. What, you're still here?

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"I went to Clarion [...] with Bruce Sterling back when we were both knee high to an adverb [...] when he started giving his book, THE HACKER CRACKDOWN, away in the mid ’90’s, I was paying close attention."

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"I didn't know any writers and wasn't aware of there being any books that told you how to write. Even if I had been, I was probably too convinced of my own genius to read them! I could have done with some advice though."

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