20 Total Quotes

James Gunn Quotes

The zombie is in a lot of ways the perfect horror movie bad guy. It plays on so many fears all at once. The fear of predators, the fear of disease and the fear of loved ones betraying us -- the ones we care about are turning around and trying to eat us.
James Gunn
#Fears

I could give you some names of Workshop participants who are as good as many who are being published but haven't had the right editor recognize their merit or have not been adequately published.
James Gunn
#American Writer

I don't know if there is any one secret to successful writing, but one important step is to move beyond imitation and discover what you can write that no one else can - that is, find out who you are and write that in an appropriate narrative and style.
James Gunn
#American Writer

A few years ago, a fellow professor stopped at my door and said, "You're here in your office more than my full-time colleagues," and I replied, "Writers don't retire, they just go out of print." With electronic publication, even that doesn't have to happen.
James Gunn
#Office

In hard-core science fiction in which characters are responding to a change in environment, caused by nature or the universe or technology, what readers want to see is how people cope, and so the character are present to cope, or fail to cope.
James Gunn
#American Writer

Scientists do their best work when they are in their early years. Writers' skills don't necessarily decay; if they can keep their interests and hopes alive (like Jack Williamson), their experience allows them greater depths to explore.
James Gunn
#Scientists

Most of the complexity of the stories has developed as the stories came along (and may be a product of the principle that "nothing is what it seems"). I did start with some essential ambiguousness in the aliens' motivation and the questions this raises in human minds, which I consider to have been disregarded in Contact (novel and film). That, in part, may be what has delayed the writing of the fifth and sixth novelettes in the series.
James Gunn
#Complexity

What you call "the Golden Age tradition" of stringing stories together into novels was not so much a tradition as a consequence of the fact that almost no genre SF novels were published between 1926 and 1946.
James Gunn
#Age And Aging

The compassion is instigated by the situation, and Godwin, a bit ham-handedly, belabors the situation so that there can be no doubt in the reader's mind, makes Marilyn sweet, young, and innocent (rather than a cold-blooded murderer or serial killer) so that reader will want to save her - and then the realization of "the cold equations" will be more effective.
James Gunn
#Compassion

Return of the Living Dead.
James Gunn
#Living

He put up with a lot of pain. ... I don't think many people would put up with what he had to put up with.
James Gunn
#Pain

I can't think of any other genre that would have allowed me to have that much tonal and emotional freedom.
James Gunn
#Freedom

It also is true that some ideas naturally work themselves out over a longer period of time than a single human life can encompass.
James Gunn
#American Writer #Ideas

That certainly is one approach to take. My own is to acknowledge the inner child and try to work with my first fascination with science fiction. I have tried to build on its idea content and narrative drive rather than to discard them.
James Gunn
#American Writer #Work

One should be willing to throw away a dozen ideas to come up with a good one, just as one should throw away a dozen words to come up with the right one.
James Gunn
#American Writer #Ideas

But, on the most part, he belonged to the optimists; he felt that there would be time enough to suffer when catastrophe really struck.
James Gunn
#American Writer

I prefer to bring these to the service of story rather than to let them replace narrative.
James Gunn
#American Writer