Friday, July 16, 2010

Meandering in the galaxy . . .

Today is the birthday of Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928 – December 9, 2005), author of Science Fiction. He also wrote under the pen names Finn O'Donnevan, Ned Lang and Phillips Barbee.

Robert Sheckley was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2001.

"Once you find you can’t walk as far and as fast as you were able, life becomes more complicated. Also, once you find out the problems of the world you saw as a young man are not about to be solved in your lifetime (if ever), you start to ask, ‘Well, what can be done?’ Of course there’s always this doctrine of almost infinite improvability, but that’s an old one. Now it’s made even more complicated by all the scenarios of doom we have on all sides, from big things like asteroids to small things like anthrax. Yet somehow it doesn’t look quite hopeless. That may be built into our condition. A lot of us don’t want to be quite that serious about world problems. Our life is there to enjoy, not to be an eternal dissident, eternally unhappy with how things are and with the state of mankind." - Robert Sheckley

"I like to think that I have no single view nor any single situation that I think things arrive from. I try to give examples of what I think are interesting questions for me." - Robert Sheckley

"A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt." - Robert Sheckley

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