I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.

Every writer can tell you that a book is only truly alive when it finds passionate readers who bring it alive in their imaginations.

“There is no way of being a creative writer in America without being a loser.”

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

If you appear in the 'atlantic' or 'harper's' or the 'new yorker,' by god, you must be a writer, because everybody says so.

When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed.

I hope to build a reputation as a science-fiction writer. That's the pitch. We'll see.

That is how you get to be a writer, incidentally: you feel somehow marginal, somehow slightly off-balance all the time.

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.