Quotes by: M. John Harrison

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M. John Harrison
Born Michael John Harrison
(1945-07-26) 26 July 1945 (age 71)
Rugby, Warwickshire, England
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Period 1966–present
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction
Literary movement New Wave
Notable awards 1989 Boardman Tasker Prize
2002 J. Tiptree Jr. Award
2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award
2007 Philip K. Dick Award

Every moment of a science fiction story must represent the triumph of writing over world-building.
M. John Harrison
A good ground rule for writing in any genre is, start with a form, then undermine its confidence in itself. Ask what it's afraid of, what it's trying to hide - then write that.
M. John Harrison
Writing's like gambling. Unpredictable and sporadic successes make you more addicted, not less.
M. John Harrison
World-building numbs the reader's ability to fulfill their part of the bargain because it believes that it has to do everything around here if anything is going to get done. Above all, world-building is not technically necessary. It is the great clomping foot of nerdism. It is the attempt to exhaustively survey a place that isn't there.
M. John Harrison
I've never been to the Himalayas, and I'm not really interested in them. I'm more interested in a dirty old quarry in Lancashire, and by god, they can be dirty.
M. John Harrison
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