John M. Ford was born 10 April 1957, and died 25 September 2006
- Creating the fictional background for a game world isn’t significantly different from creating a background for fiction.
- Every book is three books, after all; the one the writer intended, the one the reader expected, and the one that casts its shadow when the first two meet by moonlight.
- I long for the simplicity of theatre. I want lessons learned, comeuppances delivered, people sorted out, all before your bladder gets distractingly full. That’s what I want. What I know is what we all know, whether we’ll admit it or not: every attempt to impose the roundness of a well-made play on reality produces a disaster. Life just isn’t so, nor will it be made so.
- The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect, at least if the author is concentrating.
- There are readers who want every point to be clearly and unambiguously set forth, and there are those who want to pry ideas and meanings out for themselves.
- I’m very happy that the New York Times has spoken well of my stuff; who wouldn’t be? But it’s not a choice I made.
- Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author’s intent; this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.
Ford was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet.
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