Kevin J. Anderson Quotes

We sat around on a hotel balcony with a bottle of wine and tried to figure out how you would go about blowing up a planet. That's the kind of conversations science fiction writers have when they get together. We don't talk about football or anything like that.

Science Quotes, Writers Quotes

I had a minor in Russian history, and this was at the time when the big Cold War was going on.

Time Quotes, History Quotes, War Quotes

I think that somebody with the resources and innovation and the idea is going to come out of nowhere and come up with a successful space travel program.

Success Quotes, Innovation Quotes, Travel Quotes

 

If I could go back in time and tell my younger self that eventually that I'd become very successful writing Dune books after Frank Herbert's death, I would have laughed myself silly, I think, at how strange that prospect would be.

Success Quotes, Death Quotes, Time Quotes

Dune is the bestselling science fiction book of all time. It's something you really need to read in your lifetime. If you're going to read The Lord of the Rings, which everyone should, then you have to read Dune, too.

Life Quotes, Selling Quotes, Time Quotes, Science Quotes

I got to spend all of my time every day at work reading and editing papers about cutting-edge technical research and getting paid for it. Then I'd go home at night and turn what I learned into science fiction stories.

Time Quotes, Work Quotes, Science Quotes

I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy, with kings, queens, dukes and court politics, but of course like what I was explaining before, about making the science make sense, you have to make the politics make sense, too.

Politics Quotes, Science Quotes

I mean, I wasn't stupid. I knew we'd make money and sell a lot of Dune books.

Money Quotes

In a certain sense, this guy - who is one of the most evil people in the book - he's not really that bad at running the show, because he knows what he's doing, he's smart and he's got the big picture in mind. He's like the Godfather.

Evil Quotes, Mind Quotes

Wouldn't you like to have an augmented memory chip that you could plug into your head so you don't have to look everything up and remember everything?

Memories Quotes

If you look at the British royal family and take away the scandals and the goofy stuff that's going on, people love to have this king to look up to - the royals are like celebrities.

Love Quotes

There is grand romance in The Lord of the Rings. It's an important part of epic literature.

Important Quotes, Literature Quotes

My dad is a bank president and my mom was an accountant and they didn't think that seeking the life of a freelance writer was very practical, you see. Of course, I was just as determined to do it.

Life Quotes, Accounting Quotes, Banks Quotes

Over the years, I've trained myself to speak using the same language I would use if I were typing: meaning using full sentences in the way that paragraphs and scenes are arranged.

Language Quotes

It was like there was a pile of kindling that was in the back of my imagination just waiting there. Once I lit it, it just flared up and I kept getting ideas and ideas.

Imagination Quotes, Ideas Quotes

Do you want Columbus to go across the ocean, or do you want to put a message in a bottle and hope that it lands somewhere? I'd rather have actual people be there. Whether they look like Americans or like the inhabitants of some other country, depends on who has the most drive.

American Quotes, Habit Quotes, Hope Quotes

I'm talking to you and it's basically a direct communication, whereas if I'm writing a letter to you and you read the letter, there are like 12 extra deconstruction and reconstruction steps in the communication.

Communication Quotes

Each book will have a lot of cliffhangers, because I like that.

Anger Quotes

I did several interesting jobs, working in restaurants, I worked at a lab rat farm, feeding and watering all these rats. Then I got a full-time job as a technical writer for a large scientific research laboratory.

Work Quotes

I don't think the author should make the reader do that much work to remember who somebody is.

Work Quotes

My total year's income from working as hard as I possibly could from writing went from like $30 one year to about $70 the next year. And it made me realize that maybe you couldn't really pay the rent that way.

Work Quotes

I always turn in my books on time, so you can always count on a book coming out when it's supposed to.

Time Quotes

The great secret behind classified projects is that most of them are so utterly boring and uninteresting that James Bond wouldn't even take a second look at them.

Great Quotes

The people who make policy decisions should damned well know what they are talking about before they make the decisions. There is nobody who is an expert on cloning who would be afraid after seeing Attack of the Clones.

Decision Quotes