My dad is a bank president and my mom was an accountant and they didn’t think that seeking the life of a freelance writer was very practical you see. Of course I was just as determined to do it.
It was like there was a pile of kindling that was in the back of my imagination just waiting there. Once I lit it it just flared up and I kept getting ideas and ideas.
I’m talking to you and it’s basically a direct communication whereas if I’m writing a letter to you and you read the letter there are like 12 extra deconstruction and reconstruction steps in the communication.
I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy with kings queens dukes and court politics but of course like what I was explaining before about making the science make sense you have to make the politics make sense too.
I think that somebody with the resources and innovation and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come up with a successful space travel program.
I always had this non-stop drive. I had to keep sending stories out and every once in awhile I’d get something accepted or get the little trickle of positive feedback.
Dune is the bestselling science fiction book of all time. It’s something you really need to read in your lifetime. If you’re going to read The Lord of the Rings which everyone should then you have to read Dune too.
I got to spend all of my time every day at work reading and editing papers about cutting-edge technical research and getting paid for it. Then I’d go home at night and turn what I learned into science fiction stories.
We sat around on a hotel balcony with a bottle of wine and tried to figure out how you would go about blowing up a planet. That’s the kind of conversations science fiction writers have when they get together. We don’t talk about football or anything like that.