Happy Birthday, Alan Dean Foster, born 18 November 1946
- The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.
- Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world, which is what I always wanted to do. I’d really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton, but it’s the wrong century.
- Freedom is just chaos with better lighting.
- The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia conglomerate has resulted in less diversity within the field and has made it much harder for newer writers not only to break in, but to make any kind of a living while doing so.
- Spontaneity is one of the joys of existence, especially if you prepare for it in advance.
- Keep writing. Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap. Getting from page four to page five is more important than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
- Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer. All I ever wanted to be was a traveller and explorer. Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible, which is why I started reading it. I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved.
Alan Dean Foster is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction. He is the author of The Damned series and the Spellsinger series. Other books include novelisations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies.
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