Michael R. Swanson

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in Jamestown, NY, The United States
July 29




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Michael divides his time between writing, music, woodworking, and gardening. While he enjoys exploring our world, his imagination draws him to others. An indie songwriter who has turned his efforts toward prose, Michael focuses on imagery and emotion in his fiction, sometimes even bringing to life characters who have been with him since childhood.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
" I seem to recall an entire chapter being devoted to his love of perfumes. "
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“All fiction is metaphor. Science fiction is metaphor. What sets it apart
from older forms of fiction seems to be its use of new metaphors, drawn from
certain great dominants of our contemporary life -- science, all the sciences,
and technology, and the relativistic and the historical outlook, among them.
Space travel is one of these metaphors; so is an alternative society, an
alternative biology; the future is another. The future, in fiction, is a

A metaphor for what?

If I could have said it non-metaphorically, I would not have written all these
words, this novel; and Genly Ai would never have sat down at my desk and used
up my ink and typewriter ribbon in informing me, and you, rather solemnly,
that the truth is a matter of the imagination.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Hermann Hesse
“This does not mean however, that he was unhappy in any extraordinary degree (although it may have seemed so to himself all the same, inasmuch as every man takes the sufferings that fall on his share to be the greatest).”
Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
“The beginning is always today.”
Mary Shelley

William S. Burroughs
“Do not proffer sympathy to the mentally ill; it is a bottomless pit. Tell them firmly, “I am not paid to listen to this drivel — you are a terminal fool!” Otherwise, they make you as crazy as they are.”
William S. Burroughs

Philip K. Dick
“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”
Philip K. Dick

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