Quotations by Dan Simmons
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Born: Sunday, April 4, 1948
As for the depiction of the Catholic church, it's not meant to be a prediction.
As long as my sixth graders showed an average improvement of five years, the principal and district pretty much left me alone to create my own curriculum and teach whatever I wanted.
(Keywords: Curriculum, Improvement, Pretty, Years)
But I think, and hope, that the novels can be understood and enjoyed as science fiction, on their own terms.
(Keywords: Science, Hope, Fiction)
But it's not just a game of finding literary references.
I knew that I wanted to be a writer even before I knew exactly what being a writer entailed.
(Keywords: Being, Writer)
I loved almost everything about being a teacher, but I was an unusual teacher.
It started 25 years ago, when I was teaching elementary school in a small town in Missouri.
(Keywords: School, Teaching, Years)
It's odd how violence and humor so often go together, isn't it?
(Keywords: Humor, Violence)
It's one of the strangest attributes of this profession that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing, we relax by writing another.
(Keywords: Profession, Relax, Writers, Writing)
Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down - there have only been three or four SF movies in the history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
(Keywords: History, Movies, Complexity, Film, Literary)
No one inspired me to write, but writer Harlan Ellison terrified me into getting published.
The truth is, it's not a great career move to create a readership and then, in effect, abandon them.
(Keywords: Truth, Career, Effect)
There's a unique bond of trust between readers and authors that I don't believe exists in any other art form; as a reader, I trust a novelist to give me his or her best effort, however flawed.
(Keywords: Art, Trust, Effort)
Writing, I'm convinced, should be a subversive activity - frowned on by the authorities - and not one cooed over and praised beyond common sense by some teacher.
(Keywords: Common sense, Writing)