Our dreams will never love us back precisely because they are our dreams. Only you and I can love each other, and we cannot afford to let anything else usurp that responsibility.
The power to visualize something well is not the same as the power to enact it well. In a world ruled by images, it's hard to remember that.
On how SF tries to imagine the future, and how that needs to be more than uplift or doomsaying.
"...you can a mash lot of orcs and unicorns and intergalactic wars together without actually imagining anything."
Every picture tells (me) a story.
There are times when you want to keep the mystery, and there are times when you don't.
When you replace the "nightmare" with "insanity", what happens?
Why "any reading is good reading" is not a great defense of reading.
On the creative trap of First, Second, No Good.
Not every book is a first draft for a movie. Or should be.
On "I don't want to have to follow an artist that I have to lead."
On the use and abuse of escapism.
Why, as a fan, sometimes it's best not to get just what you want.
Isn't it tiresome how so much SF looks like it rolled off the same assembly line?
The power of imagination requires grounding.
"Write the book you want to read." What if you don't know how?
More on imagination not just being about making stuff up.
Suspension of disbelief: exercise for the brain.
Please suspend your disbelief. It'll do us both a world of good.
Is "reality" in entertainment overrated?
On "escapism" vs. what's really often meant by that word: imagination.
Fiction isn't just about making stuff up. SF is even less about such things.