Theodore Sturgeon "Basically, fiction is people. You can't write fiction about ideas." "Anybody can do anything he wants to if he wants to do it badly enough." "Here's the point to be made - there are no synonyms. There are no two words that mean exactly the same thing." "You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them all because everybody's an expert on that one." "When I can't do something, this always impels me to study it." "There was so much that you could do, instead of looking for things that you couldn't do." Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever. It's the Simple things that are really effective. Try to remember that. It means 'Ask the next question.' Ask the next question, and the one that follows that, and the one that follows that. It's the symbol of everything humanity has ever created, and is the reason it has been created. This guy is sitting in a cave and he says, 'Why can't man fly?' Well, that's the question. The answer may not help him, but the question now has been asked. The next question is what? How? And so all through the ages, people have been trying to find out the answer to that question. We've found the answer, and we do fly. This is true of every accomplishment, whether it's technology or literature, poetry, political systems or anything else. That is it. Ask the next question. And the one after that.