“Actually, it would be frightfully easy for me to write a choose your own adventure… Every page a variation on ‘The author has broken something you loved forever.’ And the reader would be like ‘Wait, I wasn’t even offered any fucking choices!’”—Scott Lynch, on writing Thorn of Emberlain as a choose your own adventure novel (via lisapizza)
It’s only recently that I’ve come to understand that writers are NOT marginal to our society, that they, in fact, do ALL our thinking for us, that we are writing myths and our myths are believed, and that old myths are believed until someone writes a new one.
I think it’s a beginning for authors to acknowledge that they ARE myth-makers and that if they ARE widely read, will have an influence that will last for many years— I don’t think that there’s a strong awareness of that now, and we have such a young culture that there is an opportunity to contribute wonderful new myths to it, which will be accepted.
“'Oh good.' Locke felt his excitement cool slightly. 'Another test. When do they stop?'
'When you're buried, my boy.' Chains knelt and gave Locke a friendly squeeze on the back of his neck. 'When you're under the dirt and colder than a fish's tits. That's when it stops.'”—from Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch (via kammartinez)
“[A] federal minimum wage in 1968 could have lifted a family of three above the poverty line, now it can’t even do that for a parent with one child, working full-time, 40 hours a week and 52 weeks a year (yes, this calculation assumes that the parent takes no time off).”—
fun fact: the reason that the plural of goose is geese but the plural of moose is not meese is because goose derives from an ancient germanic word undergoing strong declension, in the pattern of foot/feet and tooth/teeth, wherein oo is mutated to ee. however ‘moose’ is a native american word added to the english lexicon only ~400 years ago, and lacks the etymological reason to be pluralized in that way.
“I don’t think science fiction is a very good name for it, but it’s the name that we’ve got. It is different from other kinds of writing, I suppose, so it deserves a name of its own. But where I can get prickly and combative is if I’m just called a sci-fi writer. I’m not. I’m a novelist and poet. Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.”—Ursula K. Le Guin’s badass response when asked about the term science fiction. (via donrickles)
In World War II, the Nazis’ swift, forceful blitzkriegs relied on soldiers supplied with as much Pervitin (amphetamine) as they wanted. For sailor and pilots, too, it was the German wonder drug. When the war started going bad for Germany and injuries mounted, government laboratories synthesized…