This is what I get from being a Science Fiction writer: not fame and fortune, but good friends. That's what makes it worth it to me.
Latest posted quotesby Philip K. Dick
All responsible writers, to some degree, have become involuntary criers of doom, because doom is in the wind; but science fiction writers more so, since science fiction has always been a protest medium.
I have, in some of my stories and novels, written about androids or robots or simulacra, the name doesn't matter; what is meant is artificial constructs masquerading as humans. Usually with a sinister purpose in mind. I suppose I took it for granted that if such a construct, a robot, for example, had a benign or anyhow decent purpose in mind, it would not need to so disguise itself. The...
The very best science fiction ultimately winds up being a collaboration between author and reader, in which both create, and enjoy doing it: joy is the essential and final ingredient of science fiction, the joy of discovery of newness.
That's my purpose. My purpose is to take these characters, who I know, and present them to other people, and have them know them, so that they can say that they've known them, too, and have enjoyed the pleasure of their company. And that is the purpose that I have, which, I suppose, is a purpose beyond entertainment.
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