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“Science fiction at its best should be crazy and dangerous, not sane and safe.”
Paul Di Filippo, How To Write Science Fiction
“As many authors have said, if the writer is not surprised by events, then chances are that the reader will not be either, and grow bored.”
Paul Di Filippo, How To Write Science Fiction
“What had happened was this. When still young, I had gotten the idea from somewhere that I might be able to write... Maybe the deadly notion came from liking to read so much. Maybe I was in love with the image of being a writer. Whatever. It had been a really bad idea. Because I couldn't write, at least not by the bluntly and frequently expressed standards of anyone in a position to offer any encouragement and feedback.”
Paul Di Filippo, Fuzzy Dice
“The clock indicates the moment-but what does eternity indicate?”
Paul Di Filippo, The Steampunk Trilogy
“The emotional tone or affect of the tale should be hot and engaged, not remote and dispassionate.”
Paul Di Filippo, How To Write Science Fiction
“That was asking a lot of my readers, I realized, but I was trying to write the novel I would most enjoy decoding.”
Paul Di Filippo, How To Write Science Fiction
“It was as unsatisfying as a handjob from someone wearing an oven mitt.”
Paul Di Filippo, Fuzzy Dice
“Gaia giveth even as she taketh away.

The warming of the global climate over the past century had melted permafrost and glaciers, shifted rainfall patterns, altered animal migratory routes, disrupted agriculture, drowned cities, and similarly necessitated a thousand thousand adjustments, recalibrations and hasty retreats. But humanity's unintentional experiment with the biosphere had also brought some benefits.

Now we could grow oysters in New England.

Six hundred years ago, oysters flourished as far north as the Hudson. Native Americans had accumulated vast middens of shells on the shores of what would become Manhattan. Then, prior to the industrial age, there was a small climate shift, and oysters vanished from those waters.

Now, however, the tasty bivalves were back, their range extending almost to Maine.

The commercial beds of the Cape Cod Archipelago produced shellfish as good as any from the heyday of Chesapeake Bay. Several large wikis maintained, regulated and harvested these beds, constituting a large share of the local economy.

But as anyone might have predicted, wherever a natural resource existed, sprawling and hard of defense, poachers would be found.”
Paul Di Filippo, Wikiworld
tags: sci-fi
“Madam, I assure you that you are dealing with two gentleman of the highest propriety and social standing.

When one contemplates the deeds that are daily done in society's name, such a description is no high recommendation.”
Paul Di Filippo, The Steampunk Trilogy
“Smellin' the beefaloes and leanpigs turnin' on their spits, holding a cold cheer-beer in my hand, watchin' the stars poppin' out one by one like random pixels on God's antique
monochrome display, listenin' to the joyful chatter of my fellow gips, contemplatin' the easy job ahead of me, I was as near to heaven asI have ever been on this mostly sad ol' earth.”
Paul Di Filippo, Ribofunk
“That’s the greatest thing about wikis: they combine the best features of democracy and autocracy. Everybody has an equal say. But some got bigger says than others.”
Paul Di Filippo, Wikiworld


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