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I have more information in one place than anybody in the world.

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The importance of information is directly proportional to its improbability.

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In any ethical situation, the thing you want least to do is probably the right action.

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I think it takes about a million words to make a writer. I mean that you're going to throw away.

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Asimov was the reason why we changed some rules in the SFWA, and I'm not convinced we changed it for the best.

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To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.

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You no longer have much in the way of knowing what to do in a big, epic novel about the future, because nobody knows what the hell is going to happen.

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Heinlein never had a best-seller. Even, I think, with Stranger in a Strange Land, I don't think it was actually on the New York Times best seller list.

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And that's another piece of advice I'll give junior writers; when you get to the point where they take you to lunch, let the editor suggest where to go.

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So, I guess the answer to your question is very few people can bring off a novel of the future because it's just so damn hard to make it look like the future.

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