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Born: 1912-04-26
Profession: Author
Nation: Canadian
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I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.

Tags: Recall, Stories

I first read science fiction in the old British Chum annual when I was about 12 years old.

Tags: Old, Read, Science

I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a month because I expected my writing to pay my way.

Tags: Month, Pay, Writing

In a sense, there's a great truth to that, but, also I was a great reader.

Tags: Great, Sense, Truth

My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior.

Tags: Behavior, Human, Study

Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result of many anxious awakenings during many nights.

Tags: Anxious, Result, Story

Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine.

Tags: Mine, Off, Thought

But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do; with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer.

Tags: Done, Thinking, Thought

Chum was a British boy's weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.

Tags: Children, End

I figure that that has a ten year cycle. At the end of that ten years, I began to get worried that I would run into what is known as the writer's block, the feeling of not being able to do these things.

Tags: Able, End, Feeling

In those days I was new to covers; merely felt pleased that a story of mine had been honored. I later met Rogers who did some of my early covers and I was impressed with him.

Tags: Days, Him, Story

It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics, I wrote the beginnings of many stories. I would get an idea, and then write the beginning, and then never touch it again.

Tags: Again, Idea, Write

It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without the breakups of paragraphs can be interesting. I break mine up perhaps sooner than I should in terms of the usage of the English language.

Tags: Break, Difficult, Language

The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise. Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission, it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts.

Tags: Once, Space, Thoughts

You have to remember that I was a bright but simple fellow from Canada who seldom, if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile worked in an office for a living.

Tags: Living, Remember, Simple
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