Happy Birthday, Richard K. Morgan, born 24 September 1965.
- For me, any fiction of nobles and swords necessarily has to be a story of corruption, injustice, and savagely violent conflict – because any other treatment is going to have all the heft and realistic honesty of a bedtime fairy tale for five-year-olds.
- Pretty much anything you care to imagine can happen in a fantasy, which in turn means you can really crank up the intensity of the tale you’re telling.
- I think by definition you need to have lived a little bit to write anything that’s humanly true.
- Good authors mature over time: it does take a while. Travel abroad and learn to live in other cultures. That’s one of the things about teaching abroad.
- A preoccupation with the next world clearly shows an inability to cope credibly with this one.
- Society is, always has been and always will be a structure for the exploitation and oppression of the majority through systems of political force dictated by an élite, enforced by thugs, uniformed or not, and upheld by a wilful ignorance and stupidity on the part of the majority whom the system oppresses.
- The way I see it, anyone who’s proud of their country is either a thug or just hasn’t read enough history yet.
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