A new favorite quote of mine, discovered in reading essay:
What good is science fiction's thinking about the present, the future, the past? What good is its tendency to warn or to consider alternative ways of thinking and doing? What good is its examination of the possible effects of political direction? At its best, science fiction stimulates imagination and creativity. It gets reader and writer off the beaten track, off the narrow, narrow footpath of what "everyone" is saying, doing thinking - whoever "everyone" happens to be this year.
- Octavia Butler.
My curiosity fuels my creativity. I wonder about people and places, their histories and futures. I write about questions I have, somewhat philosophical ones, but in story form, drape them in plot and breath sequencing into them: tens of thousands of words for questions like "What makes a monster, and what makes a man?"
Glen Cook comes to mind first whenever that question is posed. His Black Company series, for me, was a revolutionary way of telling fantasy that I really enjoy and re-read to this day. I also envy the beautiful lyricism of authors like Earl Lovelace.
No one has written on
J. E. Cammon's wall.