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John Holbrook Vance is an American fantasy and science fiction author. Most of his work has been published under the name Jack Vance.
(1916 - 2013)

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A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment.
 

As I mentioned, I was a carpenter for a time.
 

But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard writing blind on computers. The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow, I'm so terribly slow using it.
 

But I've sure worked at jobs where I have been under inspection.
 

But Roy Rockwood, it was science fiction for the sake of science fiction.
 

But, for instance, when I was awfully young, I read all the Oz books. They were an enormous influence on me.
 

I do read books. I suppose it's more or less the same thing, but at least I'm alone and I'm an individual. I can stop anytime I want, which I frequently do.
 

I don't read other science fiction. I don't read any at all.
 

I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized I have far too much material for the book.
 

I haven't been to a movie since somebody gave me free tickets to Star Wars, which I went to.
 

I haven't sold to the movies. In other words, I haven't gotten any enormous checks yet.
 

I just wrote what I felt like writing since they seemed to sell.
 

I never made lots of money at it, but I sold enough.
 

I never worked in an office in my life.
 

I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast.
 

I was a carpenter for a time and everybody watches what you do.
 

I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed.
 

I worked for half a cent a word. I'm not a fast writer to begin with, so for the first few years I had do other things.
 

I'd never been published when I was young.
 

In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you.
 


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