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“…Boredom [is] a moral failing, the mark of a mind insufficiently stocked to occupy itself.”
Nancy Kress, Probability Moon
“You think intelligence and grit can succeed by themselves, but I'm telling you that's a pretty illusion.”
Nancy Kress, Steal Across the Sky
“You must learn to be three people at once: writer, character, and reader.”
Nancy Kress, Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints
“Miri once told me that there were only four important ques­tions you could ask about any human being: How does he fill up his time? How does he feel about how he fills up his time? What does he love? How does he react to those he perceives as either inferior or superior to him?

If you make people feel inferior, even unintentionally," she had said, her dark eyes intense, "they will be uncomfortable around you. In that situation, some people will attack. Some will ridicule, to 'cut you down to size.' But some will admire, and learn from you. If you make people feel superior, some will react by dis­missing you. Some by wielding power — just because they can — in greater or lesser ways. But some will be moved to protect and help. All this is just as true of a junior lodge clique as of a group of governments.”
Nancy Kress, Beggars and Choosers
“Where did the bonds of maternity end? All children grew up, changed, became somebody else. Parents who trembled that they might lose a gap-toothed toddler to some terrible accident ended up losing him anyway, always, to time. The toddlers died, after all, and what was left was a bond with another adult, who had once been the beloved child.”
Nancy Kress, Brain Rose
“Things got said, the kinds of embarrassing things that don't go away. Tempers ran high. My paternal grandfather's teak desk required a new panel, which never quite matched the others. Intellectual debate can be very hard on furniture.”
Nancy Kress, Beggars and Choosers
“The strings in her mind grew flatter, calmer. The shapes in the hologrid had changed. She heard the man's words, and yet she didn't; the words were not what was really important. And wasn't that right? Words had never been important, only strings, and the strings had shapes like - but not like -the ones around the man. Only the man had disappeared, too, and that was alright, because she, Miri, Miranda Serena Sharifi, was disappearing, was sliding down a steep long chute and each meter she traveled she became smaller and smaller until she had disappeared and was invisible, a weightless transparent ghost that neither twitched nor stammered, in the corner of a room she had never seen before.”
Nancy Kress
tags: poetry
“Anything said in upper-crust British automatically sounded intelligent.”
Nancy Kress, Yesterday's Kin
“A good end cannot sanctify evil means, nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it.”
Nancy Kress, Crucible
“No races, few permitted variant alleles. Anything else arouses hostility,”
Nancy Kress, Probability Sun
“World-wide warming moved tropical diseases into northern areas which had no defenses against them.”
Nancy Kress, Crucible
“grandiose paranoid schizophrenia.”
Nancy Kress, Probability Moon
“The CEO of Monsanto had been disemboweled alive.”
Nancy Kress, Nothing Human
“Throw enough scientific gibberish at non-scientists and they always faltered.”
Nancy Kress, Probability Space
“But children disappeared all the time,”
Nancy Kress, After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall
“Trust in God was a great excuse for sloth and lack of planning.”
Nancy Kress, Nothing Human
“Religions—most of them, anyway—had promoted self-effacement, sacrifice, restraint.”
Nancy Kress, Probability Moon
“We writers want readers to love our books. Greedy people that we are, we mean all readers. But in our more rational moments, we know that there is no book written that every reader enjoys. This is because people read for different reasons. Some readers want fast-paced excitement—and will put down a slower-paced book that examines the same reality as their own lives. Others want thoughtful insights into reality—and will put down fantasies of nonstop adventure. Some want to read about people they can identify with, some about characters they will never meet. Some seek clear, straightforward storytelling, and some cherish style: the unexpected phrase in exactly the right place. Some want affirmations of values they already hold, and some hope to be challenged, even disturbed. It’s”
Nancy Kress, Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints
“It was always the conscientious, hard-working ones, Shipley thought, who were the most vulnerable. The people who cared. Those who didn’t care, who just wanted to get through the job or the day or the hour and to hell with everyone who didn’t like it – those people were protected from shame by their own indifference.”
Nancy Kress, Crossfire
“Korsakoff’s syndrome,”
Nancy Kress, Yesterday's Kin
“Gail smiled. “A gracious concession. We’re not much alike, dear heart.”
“Nothing alike.”
“So why—“
“Oh, God, not this,” Nan said. “Every lover I’ve ever had has run this program on me eventually. ‘Why us?’ Why not? And don’t go thinking that by that I mean we’re just a one night’s roll-and-tickle, Gail. I like you. I just don’t want to analyze why. Ask me something else.”
Nancy Kress, Crossfire
“without being tiresome. They lacked that all-important dimension of physics: torque. Too much time ahead, too little behind, like a man trying to carry a horizontal ladder with a grip at one end.”
Nancy Kress, Beggars in Spain
“strange attractor—do”
Nancy Kress, Probability Sun
“when I waked, I cried to dream again.”
Nancy Kress, Crucible
“Vision, sometimes called talent, is not a teachable attribute. What”
Nancy Kress, Beginnings, Middles and Ends
“An alien had given her his phone number and asked her to wait. It was almost like dating again.”
Nancy Kress, Yesterday's Kin
“flop-transition”
Nancy Kress, Probability Space
“Hausdorff dimension”
Nancy Kress, Probability Moon
“In fact, without believable and interesting characters, you don’t really have fiction at all. You may have names walking through plot, but without the essential animation of character, a historical novel becomes mostly a history text, a mystery becomes a police report, and science fiction becomes a speculative monograph. Literary fiction simply becomes unread. Character”
Nancy Kress, Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints


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