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Tom Lichtenberg

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October 19, 1957



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My books fall generally into four categories, the fourth being ‘None of the Above’.

Group A could be called ‘Absurdist Comedy’. It includes some of my personal favorites, such as 'Secret Sidewalk', ‘Missy Tonight’, 'The Lemon Thief's Ex-Wife's Third Cousin' and ‘Death Ray Butterfly'.

Group B might be called ‘Speculative Fiction’, and these tend to be a tad more serious. The group contains the Snapdragon Alley series as well as ‘Zombie Nights’, ‘Entropic Quest’ and ‘Sexy Teenage Vampires’.

Group C includes more traditional fiction such as ‘Somebody Somewhere’, ‘Fixture’, and ‘Raisinheart'.

Group D is where I’m putting the stuff that doesn’t so neatly fit in the other categories, such as ‘Macedonia' and my children's book, ‘Tiddlywink the Mouse’

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Tom Lichtenberg I don't. I never feel a need to force anything. As a committed amateur, I just write whatever I want whenever it strikes me. I can't imagine trying to…moreI don't. I never feel a need to force anything. As a committed amateur, I just write whatever I want whenever it strikes me. I can't imagine trying to force it. That would not be fun for me.(less)
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Zombie Nights
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Freak City
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The Part-Time People
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Dragon Town
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Death Ray Butterfly
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Squatter With A Lexus
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“There are no lessons to be learned from the past. This is the first thing I learned from it. There is nothing back then that there isn't here now. There is nothing here now - nothing that matters - that wasn't back then. What matters. Are you a good person? Do you have any love in your heart? What would you do in a given circumstance? It all comes down to something like that.”
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“If there was a God he reasoned it would have the same relation to us as we have to blades of grass. Do we make them grow? Yes in the sense that we water the lawn. Do we care for them and worry over them? Again as a lawn but not as individual blades. We don't give them names. We just want them to look nice and green. A God who created the earth would want it to look nice an blue from space. He would sit back after a long day of creating things and think to himself now that's what a planet should look like.”
Tom Lichtenberg, Time Zone

“Nothing to it", Dennis sighed. "Find him. Chop his head off. Stick him in the ground again, and this time don't forget the orange peel."
"Lemon", Rags replied.
"Orange", Dennis insisted. "It's only lemon the first go around. Second time orange. Third time lime."
"Third time?", Rags said nervously.
"Sometimes it doesn't take", Dennis said.”
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“Our character is composed of our ideas and our feelings: and, since it has been proved that we give ourselves neither feelings nor ideas, our character does not depend on us. If it did depend on us, there is nobody who would not be perfect. If one does not reflect, one thinks oneself master of everything; but when one does reflect, one realizes that one is master of nothing”

“I would rather be the head of a fly than the tail of a lion.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“You ask yourself: where are your dreams now? And you shake your head and say how swiftly the years fly by! And you ask yourself again: what have you done with your best years, then? Where have you buried the best days of your life? Have you lived or not? Look, you tell yourself, look how cold the world is becoming. The years will pass and after them will come grim loneliness, and old age, quaking on its stick, and after them misery and despair. Your fantasy world will grow pale, your dreams will fade and die, falling away like the yellow leaves from the trees… Ah, Nastenka! Will it not be miserable to be left alone, utterly alone, and have nothing even to regret — nothing, not a single thing… because everything I have lost was nothing, stupid, a round zero, all dreaming and no more!”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Life knows us not and we do not know life—-we don’t know even our own thoughts. Half the words we use have no meaning whatever and of the other half each man understands each word after the fashion of his own folly and conceit. Faith is a myth and beliefs shift like mists on the shore; thoughts vanish; words, once pronounced, die; and the memory of yesterday is as shadowy as the hope of tomorrow”
Joseph Conrad

“The problem is, you can't tell people these things. They'll think you're crazy. And I say to myself: What can I do with this life inside me? I'd like to give it ... to make a present of it ... to go up to people and tell them: You need to be joyful! You know? You have to play at being pirates ... to build cities of marble ... to laugh ... to set off firecrackers”
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