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The Commonwealth Saga: "Star Wars for grown ups." [PDF Version from CFQ]
Ellen Datlow: Shaping Fiction
"I think the fantastic genres in short fiction are producing reams of high
quality material." [PDF Version from CFQ]
Most of all I try like hell not to be boring. I make an effort to avoid
adverbs. I guess that's how I'd describe my fiction. 'Horror stories with few
"[Lovecraft] was like the Frank Sinatra of weird stories: he was central
in his own world, while the rest of us, imitators and admirers alike, were just stumbling
around on the edge of it..."
We're all finding our own path to more readers, some more
easily than others, but we've all yet to find the limits to our readership, and
that's a positive thing.
I always said that Elric c'est moi. As I have matured, so has
he. I conceived him in my late teens and the first story was published when I
was 21. By the time I was 23, I had killed him.
I love to combine the 'ooh that's cool'
reaction with a kind of paradigm-shift 'aha!' moment of new insight. Just
putting one of them into the text isn't enough.
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