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A.A. Attanasio

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in Newark, New Jersey, The United States
September 20, 1951



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I’m a novelist and student of the imagination living in Honolulu. Fantasies, visions, hallucinations or whatever we call those irrational powers that illuminate our inner life fascinate me. I’m particularly intrigued by the creative intelligence that scripts our dreams. And I love carrying this soulful energy outside my mind, into the one form that most precisely defines who we are: story.

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Planck time is the smallest measurable interval and equals t-43second.
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“When performed correctly, there is little difference between science and magic.” So observes neuro-geneticist Jacob Daedalus about the genomic wonder he has helped create in this engaging science fiction allegory about the mysterious nature of self...more
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Though set in the future, Supra steeps the reader in nostalgic reminiscence of the hippie cosmos as the explosive memes of peace, free love and mind-expanding drugs evolved from the big bang of the 60s through subsequent decades of cultural assimilat...more
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The Genius and the Goddess by Aldous Huxley
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“Being human is the most terrible loneliness in the universe.”
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“I dream of a true husband—a good man, not a brute, nor a champion of men on the battlefield; I dream but of a gentle man, one who neither speaks too loud nor ignores evil. I pray for such a like-minded mate, who will be ever for me like harmony to music, virtue to the soul, prosperity to the state, and forethought to the universe.”
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“…for a true Christian, all strangers are Jesus.”
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“Now you see. We are all fugitives. We have always been fugitives from the void. Whatever comfort, whatever power we gain from outside of ourselves diminishes us -- because comfort and power, unless they are won from the void inside of us, are illusions that make us forget the emptyness that carries us. When we forget that, we believe we deserve comfort and power and so are capable of any evil. We deserve nothing but what we make of ourselves. We deserve nothing else. And when we understand that, then nothing is enough.”
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