John Sladek Quotes

The problem and privilege we all have is being alive in this century and able to read this language. It makes any list meaningless except the list of an illiterate... view

By: John Sladek

Whatever I'm reading at the moment seems to influence whatever I'm writing... view

By: John Sladek

We didn't have a phone when I was a kid, and I was too shy to smash any public phones, and our town didn't have a pool hall either, so I had to hang out at the public library - and anyway, I told myself stories... view

By: John Sladek

This is mainly because I spend a lot of time writing and so don't have much time to read.. view

By: John Sladek

The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive... view

By: John Sladek

SF has at least the advantage of not depending on preconceptions... view

By: John Sladek

See, I have no journalism in my background, so I wasn't practised at research or writing non-fiction, nor at handling the truth in a journalistic way. Journalists know when to call a halt and write something, but I kept on looking for answers... view

By: John Sladek

People have laughed at all great inventors and discoverers... view

By: John Sladek

I have a kind of standard explanation why, which goes like this: Science fiction is one way of making sense out of a senseless world... view

By: John Sladek

To my mind, the best SF addresses itself to problems of the here and now, or even to problems which have never been solved and never will be solved - I'm thinking of Philip K. Dick's work here, dealing with questions of reality, for example... view

By: John Sladek

Most publishers seem very reluctant to publish short story collections at all.. view

By: John Sladek

I found some time ago that I have to be careful, while working on a novel, what I read... view

By: John Sladek

Anything can happen in SF. And the fact that nothing ever does happen in SF is only due to the poverty of our imaginations, we who write it or edit it or read it. But SF can in principle deal with anything... view

By: John Sladek

I started writing, or rather, thinking, stories as a child, and at that time the reason was very clear... view

By: John Sladek

I think these days an SF connection would be a boost to other books.. view

By: John Sladek

I usually like whatever I've recently finished best... view

By: John Sladek

In most conventional novels, God is not allowed to be nuts. Nor are nuts allowed to be God... view

By: John Sladek