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Old Read

I first read science fiction in the old British Chum annual when I was about 12 years old.

- A. E. van Vogt

Through About

You learn different things through fiction. Historians are always making a plot about how certain things came to happen. Whereas a novelist looks at tiny little things and builds up a sort of map, like a painting, so that you see the shapes of things.

- A. S. Byatt

Used About

'Pulp Fiction' was probably one of the first films I ever saw that really kind of took effect on me. I was about four years old - obviously wasn't supposed to be seeing that film; my sister kind of sneaked it out and we got to see it. She's older than me. That was something I always used to watch.

- Aaron Johnson

Other Literary

I read a lot of science fiction, but I also mixed it up with a lot of other genres: crime, literary fiction, as well as nonfiction. Author-wise, I'm a fan of Stephen King, Lauren Beukes, Robert McCammon, Raymond Chandler, Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Gail Simone, among many others.

- Adam Christopher

Part Read

Personally, I read fiction, in part, because I get to spend time with people who aren't my people.

- Adam Ross

Expect Written

I haven't written adult fiction, but I do not sugarcoat grief - or what I expect grief to be.

- Adam Silvera

Literature Noir

Crime fiction, especially noir and hardboiled, is the literature of the proletariat.

- Adrian McKinty

Middle Class

With a few notable exceptions, literary fiction in the U.K. is dominated by an upper and upper middle-class clique who usually have a tin ear for the demotic and who portray working-class characters with, at best, a benevolent condescension.

- Adrian McKinty

About Section

In the crime fiction section, you may just find a novel that talks about the place where you're from and speaks to you about your life - or the life yours could have become if a little misfortune had come your way.

- Adrian McKinty

I Think About

I think teaching keeps me honest because if I'm up in front of a class talking about what I think is important about fiction while knowing I myself have just failed to do that hours earlier at my computer - it's a good and humbling reminder.

- Aimee Bender

Love Need

I was born in California, raised a vegetarian, and love science fiction, so don't tell me how I need to be in order to fit your standards.

- Aisha Tyler

Know How

I know how to write fiction well.

- Akhil Sharma

Love Rather

I was uncomfortable writing fiction. My love was the personal essay, rather than the novel.

- Alain de Botton

Still Read

I used to read science fiction a lot, and I still like science fiction when it is a model of how we really are and to see ourselves from another perspective.

- Alan Alda

Love Feel

NI love watching science fiction because I feel like when it's done well, it's not just monsters, but philosophy. Really good science fiction like, '2001,' for example, or the first 'Matrix.' But it takes someone who's got a brain and thinks in order to do really good science fiction.

- Alan Arkin

Means Entertain

I am there to entertain. I call my work high escape fiction; it's high, it's good - but it's escape, and I have no delusions about that. I have no ambition to be a serious writer, whatever that means.

- Alan Furst

Some Whole

'The Levanter' features some of the strongest action scenes to be found in Ambler - who can, in some of his fiction, stay in one place for a whole novel.

- Alan Furst

Some Anybody

When one studies the properties of atoms, one found that the reality is far stranger than anybody would have invented in the form of fiction. Particles really do have the possibility of, in some sense, being in more than one place at one time.

- Alan Guth

Magic Worlds

I have for a long time loved fabulist, imaginative fiction, such as the writing of Italo Calvino, Jose Saramago, Michael Bulgakov, and Salman Rushdie. I also like the magic realist writers, such as Borges and Marquez, and feel that interesting truths can be learned about our world by exploring highly distorted worlds.

- Alan Lightman

Work Writers

All writers have roots they draw from - travel, work, family. My roots are in science and it is fertile ground for fiction.

- Alan Lightman

Sometimes Heroic

I suppose all fictional characters, especially in adventure or heroic fiction, at the end of the day are our dreams about ourselves. And sometimes they can be really revealing.

- Alan Moore

Show Some

It shouldn't be so difficult to determine what a planet is. When you're watching a science fiction show like 'Star Trek' and they show up at some object in space and turn on the viewfinder, the audience and the people in the show know immediately whether it's a planet or a star or a comet or an asteroid.

- Alan Stern

Away Idea

We've had science fiction novels where China is dominant; we've had novels where India is dominant, and I suppose it's all about getting away from that cliched old tired idea that the future belongs to the West.

- Alastair Reynolds

Cautious Bit

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

Been 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

Always Been

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

Sequels Stories

If you look at the best-seller list for American fiction, they're all sequels to detective stories or stories about hunting serial killers. That's what's called American fiction these days.

- Albert Brooks

Come Constructing

I cannot live or write without music. It stimulates the normally dormant parts of my brain that come in handy when constructing fiction.

- Aleksandar Hemon

Audience Read

Also, most people read fiction as an escape - and I wonder whether my books aren't a bit too grounded in reality to reach the widest possible audience.

- Alex Berenson

Argument Literary

'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

Very Read

Writing books that people want to read is helpful - my most successful book is my only police procedural, a very popular subgenre of the very popular crime fiction genre.

- Allan Guthrie

Love Movie

I was obsessed with movies when I was younger. During the summer, I would go by myself to a theater down the street from my house. I saw every comedy or science fiction movie that came out. My kids love going to the movies, but 3D scares them.

- Allen Covert

Learned Read

I read everything from comics to magazines to fiction - I learned to read in English, years before being able to speak a word of it, by reading 'National Geographic.'

- Alvaro Enrigue

Believe

I don't believe in inspiration at all. We live in a world that demands explanation. And fiction has the capability to offer explanations for things.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Stupid Country

I will never be one of the happy stupid that were born somewhere. This way of life is excellent for the imagination. It develops your paranoia. You feel paranoid when you don't understand a country, and being paranoiac is excellent for fiction.

- Amelie Nothomb

Believe Before

I never really wanted to be a writer. I know it sounds strange, but I honestly believe that I didn't pick the story; the story has picked me. I've written absolutely no fiction before 'The Immortals of Meluha.' Not even a short story in school - absolutely nothing.

- Amish Tripathi

Been Kid

I've been writing fiction since I was a kid. From the age of 15 to 25, I probably wrote more than 50 short stories, one of which was published in 'The Paris Review' in 1989.

- Amor Towles

Use Before

Nonfiction is both easier and harder to write than fiction. It's easier because the facts are already laid out before you, and there is already a narrative arc. What makes it harder is that you are not free to use your imagination and creativity to fill in any missing gaps within the story.

- Amy Bloom

Small Doing

I started writing by doing small related things but not the thing itself, circling it and getting closer. I had no idea how to write fiction. So I did journalism because there were rules I could learn. You can teach someone to write a news story. They might not write a great one, but you can teach that pretty easily.

- Amy Hempel

Voice Almost

I'm open to reading almost anything - fiction, nonfiction - as long as I know from the first sentence or two that this is a voice I want to listen to for a good long while. It has much to do with imagery and language, a particular perspective, the assured knowledge of the particular universe the writer has created.

- Amy Tan

Thought My Life

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and I did take lessons for a while. At first I tried to write fiction by making up things that were completely alien to my life.

- Amy Tan

Back Part

When I go back and read my journals or fiction, I am always surprised. I may not remember having those thoughts, but they still exist and I know they are mine, and it's all part of making sense of who I am.

- Amy Tan

Father Every Day

I grew up with Bible stories, which are like fairy tales, because my father was a minister. We heard verses and prayers every day. I liked the gorier Bible stories. I did have a book of Chinese fairy tales. All the people except the elders looked like Italians. But we were not a family that had fiction books.

- Amy Tan

Need Learned

I quickly learned that as a fiction writer, you need the sort of details a historian or a biographer would find extraneous or useful to provide context via a footnote.

- Alexander Chee

Young Ethnicity

As a young writer, I questioned the idea that I had to write fiction in a world where I could write my own ethnicity only and nothing else. 'Fach' to me was a little like that. As a biracial person, that's an inherently unstable identity.

- Alexander Chee

Iowa Quickly

When I'm identified as a fiction writer at parties, the question comes pretty quickly. 'Did you go to school for it?' someone asks. 'Yes,' I say. 'Where?' they ask, because I don't usually offer it. 'I went to the Iowa Writers' Workshop,' I say.

- Alexander Chee

Why Agent

The qualities that make parties such a nightmare for people - and also so pleasurable - make them incredibly important inside of fiction. There's a chaos agent quality to them: You just don't know who's going to be there or why. You could run into an old enemy, an old friend, an old friend who's become an enemy.

- Alexander Chee

Own Internal

Historical fiction was not - and is not - meant to supplant literature from the period it describes. As a veteran of the Crimea, Tolstoy wrote 'War and Peace' to match his own internal sense of the truth of the Napoleonic wars, to dramatize what he felt literature from that period had failed to describe.

- Alexander Chee

Will Characters

Any author of fiction will tell you that characters don't need to be told what to do.

- Alexander McCall Smith

Writing Just

Writing fiction, I really just sit there and it just comes.

- Alexander McCall Smith

Wrote Were

I did try to write fiction. I wrote 10 novels. And they were all just awful.

- Alexandra Fuller

Words Image

Words have great cumulative power, but in the 21st century, a single image is much stronger. An image suggests the unvarnished truth. That is its power and its fiction.

- Alexandra Kerry

Deep Reason

I grew up reading thrillers, science fiction, fantasy - you name it - and one day I asked myself if there was a reason why a fear of spiders was so common. Was there something buried deep in our evolutionary history that made being scared of spiders a survival instinct?

- Alexi Zentner

Nailed His

The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.

- Alfred Adler

Most Frankly

Most science fiction, quite frankly, is silly nonsense.

- Alfred Bester

See Fact

Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact assume by degrees the wings of fiction?

- Alfred de Vigny

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

Convince Editorial

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

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

Happen Give

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 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

I Think About

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

Subject Been

I had been a reporter for 15 years when I set out to write my first novel. I knew how to research an article or profile a subject - skills that I assumed would be useless when it came to fiction. It was from my imagination that the characters in my story would emerge.

- Amy Waldman

I Think Internal

Fiction just has a lot more room for ambivalence and internal conflict, contradiction, and for me that sums up so much of what people felt after 9/11 - confusion even. And I think that's hard to capture in journalism.

- Amy Waldman

Always Captures

I'm always reading several books at the same time, depending on how deeply engrossed in it I am, if it's fiction and if it captures me.

- Andie MacDowell

Log Reasons

Writing the past is never a neutral act. Writing always asks the past to justify itself, to give its reasons... provided we can live with the reasons. What we want is a narrative, not a log; a tale, not a trial. This is why most people write memoirs using the conventions not of history, but of fiction.

- Andre Aciman

Sympathetic Surely

There's a horrible fallacy that exists in the popular discussion of fiction these days: the idea that a successful central character need be 'likeable' or 'sympathetic'. It is surely more important that they be human, no? More crucial that they breathe?

- Andrew O'Hagan

I See Internal

What I see as the particularly exciting prospect for writing horror fiction as we go forward is setting stories in more internal landscapes than external ones, mapping out the mind as the home for scary things instead of the house at the end of the lane or lakeside campground or abandoned amusement park.

- Andrew Pyper

Promoting Commonly

Anyone who says, 'Books don't change anything,' or - more commonly - that crime fiction is the wrong genre for promoting social change - should take a closer look.

- Andrew Vachss

Project Some

There's more to research than just looking up facts. Eventually, you have to make subjective calls. If you're writing a science fiction novel, there's probably some speculative technology in it. You'll have to decide how to project existing technology forward in a plausible way.

- Andy Weir

Read Form

I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.

- Aneurin Bevan

Trying Rejections

I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying.

- Anita Diament

Science Kid

When I was a kid, I had no perception whatever that science fiction was supposed to be a boys' club.

- Ann Leckie

Some Worlds

Science fiction in particular is often assumed to be about the future, or about some abstract technological or philosophical idea, or just about 'adventure,' but writers can't build worlds out of nothing. We use bits and pieces of the real world to assemble our fictional ones.

- Ann Leckie

Failure Science

Any attempt to list the ten best science fiction novels is doomed to failure.

- Ann Leckie

Next Mostly

When I first started writing, I did mostly short fiction, and I'd work on a short story and get near to being done and have no idea what I'd work on next, and then I'd panic.

- Ann Leckie

Imagine Almost

Science fiction is huge and varied, and there's almost any sort of book or story you might imagine.

- Ann Leckie

May Part

Traditionally in crime fiction, women exist as a bedroom convenience or to screw up in order that the plot may progress. I wanted no part of that.

- Ann Maxwell

I Think Attend

I think that I had read so much fiction that the craft itself sort of sank into me. I didn't read any 'how to' books or attend any popular-fiction-writing classes or have a critique group. For many years into my writing, I didn't even know another author. For me, a lot of reading was the best teacher.

- Ann Maxwell

Love Journalistic

Comics shouldn't be 'tools' for anyone's agenda except for the characters. And I am speaking only of super hero action comics. I love many of the alternative comics that are like journalistic stories. Documentary comics, a mix of reportage and fiction. Those are just great.

- Ann Nocenti

Read Actual

I've read only fiction, so I don't know anything actual.

- Anna Torv

More Becoming

Science fiction is becoming more of a diverse kind of genre.

- Anna Torv

Possibilities

With science fiction there's endless possibilities.

- Anna Torv

Show Before

Science fiction is exciting because it promises to show the world and the universe from perspectives radically unlike what we've seen before.

- Annalee Newitz

About Maybe

You've probably heard the stories about how io9 got its name. And maybe you know that io9 co-founder Charlie Jane Anders and I were inspired by Kathy Keeton, whose groundbreaking magazine 'Omni' combined coverage of real science with science fiction. But what you probably don't know is how unlikely it was that io9 ever succeeded at all.

- Annalee Newitz

Door Through

Women are being welcomed into science fiction, but it's through the back door.

- Annalee Newitz

Give Allow

Fiction allows you to embody certain ideas and give them an emotional reality. The characters allow you to get close viscerally to an idea.

- Anne Michaels

Like Took

I like science fiction. I took all the accelerated classes in school. I'm kind of a dork.

- Anson Mount

Here Had

I wanted to be a writer, but at the time, I spent my days working a retail job, my nights sleeping in my childhood bedroom, and while I had written short stories here and there, I didn't know how to write good fiction anymore than I knew how to perform good brain surgery.

- Anthony Marra

Atrocities Makes

When confronted with the facts of foreign atrocities, the experience is often consigned to the realm of the unimaginable. Fiction makes the unimaginable imaginable.

- Anthony Marra

More Read

I can't read historical fiction because I find the real thing so much more interesting.

- Antonia Fraser

Put I Write

When I write short fiction or novellas, I like to leave a hint of the fantastic, of the unreal. If you write a completely fantastic novel with ghosts and everything, the effect is less powerful than if you portray an absolutely realistic situation and, in the middle of this, you put a layer of fantasy, of mystery.

- Antonio Munoz Molina

Consciousness Bad

The power of historical fiction for bad and for good can be immense in shaping consciousness of the past.

- Antony Beevor

Fact Been

A blend of fact and fiction has been used in various forms since the dawn of creative writing, starting with sagas and epic poems.

- Antony Beevor

Book Comics

If you do approach a comics publisher, make sure it's one that publishes the kind of book you want to make. Don't take your literary fiction to Marvel or DC; don't pitch your Spider-Man epic to Image.

- Antony Johnston

Notes Other

I like hearing other writers just about the way they approach writing. It gives me energy for my own work. It's weird; I'm always taking notes about fiction when I'm listening to people talk about craft.

- Antonya Nelson

I Think Reader

I'm a little hesitant to make my characters sentimental or to risk having the work labeled sentimental. It's something that I resist as a reader, and I don't resist it in life. I'm not an unmoved person by any stretch, but I think I don't want, I guess, to indulge those kinds of things sometimes in fiction. I can't tell you why exactly.

- Antonya Nelson

Work Courses

I take care to only teach courses about fiction film. I believe that this balances and broadens my documentary work.

- Arnon Goldfinger

Some Maybe

Maybe I'll work for a label someday, write some fiction, nonfiction. Someday I'd like to go back to school and get my teaching degree. I want to be a grandpa. I want to have more kids.

- Art Alexakis

Thinking Other

Fiction is able to do one thing better than any other art form: it is able to convey a convincing sense of what is going on in someone else's head. To me, that is the great mystery of life: what is everyone else thinking?

- Arthur Phillips