M. John Harrison — English Author born on July 26, 1945,

Michael John Harrison, known primarily by his pen name M. John Harrison, is an English author and critic. His work includes the Viriconium sequence of novels and short stories,, Climbers, and the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy which consists of Light, Nova Swing and Empty Space. He is widely considered one of the leading stylists in modern fantasy and science fiction, and a 'genre contrarian'. He lives in London... (wikipedia)

Every moment of a science fiction story must represent the triumph of writing over world-building.
A good ground rule for writing in any genre is, start with a form, then undermine its confidence in itself. Ask what it's afraid of, what it's trying to hide - then write that.
Writing's like gambling. Unpredictable and sporadic successes make you more addicted, not less.
World-building numbs the reader's ability to fulfill their part of the bargain because it believes that it has to do everything around here if anything is going to get done. Above all, world-building is not technically necessary. It is the great clomping foot of nerdism. It is the attempt to exhaustively survey a place that isn't there.
I've never been to the Himalayas, and I'm not really interested in them. I'm more interested in a dirty old quarry in Lancashire, and by god, they can be dirty.

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