Happy Birthday, Dan Simmons, born 4 April 1948
- Those who ignore history’s lessons in the ultimate folly of war are forced to do more than relive them … they may be forced to die by them.
- In the beginning was the Word. Then came the fucking word processor. Then came the thought processor. Then came the death of literature. And so it goes.
- Belief in one’s identity as a poet or writer prior to the acid test of publication is as naive and harmless as the youthful belief in one’s immortality… and the inevitable disillusionment is just as painful.
- I knew that I wanted to be a writer even before I knew exactly what being a writer entailed.
- The sum of the crowd’s IQ was far below that of its most modest single member. Mobs have passions, not brains.
- There’s a unique bond of trust between readers and authors that I don’t believe exists in any other art form; as a reader, I trust a novelist to give me his or her best effort, however flawed.
- It occurs to me that our survival may depend upon our talking to one another.
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