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Person Morning Person

I'm not a morning person: I can't function until I've had a coffee - or several.

- Alastair Reynolds

Been My Life Cornwall

I've never had much interest in spinoffery - the idea of writing in someone else's universe generally leaves me cold - but 'Doctor Who' is different. I've grown up with it. It's been part of my life since I was tiny, watching Jon Pertwee on a grainy black and white television in Cornwall and being terrified out of my mind.

- Alastair Reynolds

I Think Study Scientist

I think I set myself on a course to become a scientist around about the time that Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' series was on television, and there really was no going back for me at that point, and then I went on to study space science and then get my Ph.D., then go aboard and work in the European Space Agency.

- Alastair Reynolds

Fiction Bit Cautious

I'm always a little bit cautious around invented terminology because so much science fiction is off-putting to the uninitiated. You open up the first page, and it's full of all these made-up words.

- Alastair Reynolds

Over Big Stopped

One of the big breakthroughs I had as a writer was when I stopped agonising over every word.

- Alastair Reynolds

Putting Heavy Burden

When you're writing stuff that's already clotted with neologisms and trying to get across fairly abstruse concepts, you're already putting a heavy burden on the reader.

- Alastair Reynolds

Ever Some Straight

I couldn't ever write a straight crime novel: there'd be an intrusion of weirdness at some point.

- Alastair Reynolds

Been Fiction Terror

When I look back at many of the moments of wonder, awe, or terror that I've got from science fiction, it's often been because I've been put in the head of one of the characters.

- Alastair Reynolds

Still War Nuclear War

I'm still bothered by the threat of nuclear war.

- Alastair Reynolds

War Right Wing Criminals

I'm not massively fond of right-wing nutters or war criminals.

- Alastair Reynolds

Achievement Remembered

To be remembered at all is an achievement of sorts.

- Alastair Reynolds

Always Been Fiction

I am playing in a playground that's already been played in. I am always aware that a lot of the furniture in science fiction is second hand.

- Alastair Reynolds

Stupid Over Science

I prioritise story over science, but not at the expense of being really stupid about it.

- Alastair Reynolds

Always Next New

I always say that keeping abreast of science should never be seen as a chore. It should be something you do naturally. I don't sit there reading 'New Scientist,' putting post-it notes next to ideas.

- Alastair Reynolds

Though Tell Prepared

If there's a story I absolutely cannot tell without faster-than-light travel, then I am quite prepared to accept it - even though I don't personally believe it is possible.

- Alastair Reynolds

Think Mind Using

I think the danger with using the term 'trilogy' is that it sets up particular expectations in the reader's mind.

- Alastair Reynolds

University Strong Maths

I was never strong at maths, but I eventually got onto a university physics/astronomy course, and that led on to my Ph.D. and eventual employment.

- Alastair Reynolds

Technologies Corollary

I'm fascinated by steam engines and with Victorian engineering generally, and as a corollary to that, I'm fascinated by the idea of long-lived technologies.

- Alastair Reynolds

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Been Lawyers Away

When I first wrote 'Papa Hemingway,' there were too many people still alive, and the lawyers for Random House didn't want to OK it. But now all that's been filtered away by the passage of all these people. And having the fortune of surviving, I now feel that I am the custodian of what Ernest wanted the world to know about him and these women.

- A. E. Hotchner

Doing Away Cut

I did four movies where I gained, like, fifty pounds. I had curly hair, and I had all of this facial hair. I had put on all this weight for these movies, and I did four or five of them back-to-back. Then I cut the weight and I got fit again. I cut my beard and I took away the mustache, and people were like, 'What are you doing?'

- A. J. Bowen

Away Becoming Trained

A lot of cable television is shot on a single camera. Our eyes are more trained to that. It takes the camera off the crane, away from observing the action, to becoming a character in the story along with everyone else. People are getting used to that.

- A. J. Bowen

Very Long Idea

I tried the paleo diet, which is the caveman diet - lots of meat. And I tried the calorie restriction diet: The idea is that if you eat very, very little - if you're on the verge of starvation, you will live a very long time, whether or not you want to, of course.

- A. J. Jacobs

Away Still Politician

A Louisiana politician can't afford to let his animosities carry him away, and still less his principles, although there is seldom difficulty in that department.

- A. J. Liebling

Want Beginning Idea

I'm starting to realize that people are beginning to want to know about me. It's a jolly strange idea.

- A. N. Wilson

Idea Big Funding

There is not enough funding for basic sciences in India. We have to invest in a big way, and I am pushing that idea.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Idea Feels Music

The idea of music is to liberate the listener and lead him to a frame where he feels he is elevated.

- A. R. Rahman

Through Away Rough

My mother's belief in spiritual healers grew stronger after our family went through a rough patch following my father's death. Sufi saint Karimullah Shah Kadri changed our lives, and all of us converted to Sufism. But it wasn't an instantaneous decision - it took us 10 years to convert. The change in religion was like washing away the past.

- A. R. Rahman

About Away Germany

My kids miss me when I'm away, but I don't mind living out of a suitcase. The U.K., U.S., France, Germany, Iraq... it's such a thrill meeting people of different cultures, learning about and from them. It's changed my perception about life, humanity and spirituality.

- A. R. Rahman

Very Idea Motherhood

I grew up with that completely fictive idea of motherhood, where the mother never strayed from the kitchen. All the women in my books are very afraid that if they do anything with their minds they won't be complete women. I don't think my daughters' generation has that feeling.

- A. S. Byatt

Next Been Idea

After 'Lindbergh,' my publisher asked whom I wanted to write about next. I said, 'There's one idea I've been carrying in my hip pocket for 35 years. It's Woodrow Wilson.'

- A. Scott Berg

Want Idea Particularly

When you want to transcribe an idea truthfully from the page to the screen, it is not necessarily best to be particularly literal about it. It can be hard to convince people, specifically writers, of that.

- Alison Owen

Away By The Time Moved

I developed a mania for Fitzgerald - by the time I'd graduated from high school I'd read everything he'd written. I started with 'The Great Gatsby' and moved on to 'Tender Is the Night,' which just swept me away. Then I read 'This Side of Paradise,' his novel about Princeton - I literally slept with that book under my pillow for two years.

- A. Scott Berg

Literary Fiction Argument

'War and Peace' holds a strange place in literary history, participating in the crowning of realism as a substantial and serious literary mode in America, even as the novel also contributed to the argument that historical fiction could be by nature dangerous, illegitimate, and inaccurate.

- Alexander Chee

Fiction Assumes Stumbling

Any fiction writer who assumes that a character is typical no doubt runs the risk of stumbling into cliche and stereotype.

- Alice McDermott

Fiction Editorial Convince

I'm a novelist. I'm not a crusader, and I'm not an editorial writer. And I'm not writing fiction to convince anybody of anything.

- Alice McDermott

Fiction Play Created

In the act of reading, especially reading fiction, where a world is being created, all kinds of matters of belief come into play.

- Alice McDermott

Give Fiction Happen

Our task as fiction writers isn't just to report something that didn't really happen. We have to give what we write a sense of reality. The tool of our tradition is language.

- Alice McDermott

I Think Fiction I Write

I never start out with any kind of connecting theme or plan. Everything just falls the way it falls. I don't ever think about what kind of fiction I write or what I am writing about or what I am trying to write about. When I'm writing, what I do is I think about a story that I want to tell.

- Alice Munro

About I Think Fiction

I seem to turn out stories that violate the discipline of the short story form and don't obey the rules of progression for novels. I don't think about a particular form: I think more about fiction, let's say a chunk of fiction.

- Alice Munro