Monday, August 8, 2011

Martin Silenus on Writing

"Dislinear plotting and non-contiguous prose have their adherents, not the least of which am I, but in the end, my friends, it is the character which wins or loses immortality upon the vellum.  Haven't you ever harbored the secret thought that somewhere Huck and Jim are -- at this instant -- poling their raft down some river just beyond our reach, so much more real are they than the shoe clerk who fitted us just a forgotten day ago?"

(Martin Silenus in Dan Simmons's Hyperion, introducing his Tale)

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