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" Lately I've been working to convince myself that everything is a computation. "
" Some ideas you have to chew on, then roll them around a lot, play with them before you can turn them into funky science fiction. "
" Now, being a science fiction writer, when I see a natural principle, I wonder if it could fail. "
" Science fiction writers put characters into a world with arbitrary rules and work out what happens. "
" At present, however, I don't think the Net is a very good medium for books, books should really be inexpensive lightweight paperbacks you can bang around. "
" In any case, A New Kind of Science is a wonderful book, and I'm still absorbing its teachings. "
" Unfortunately our nation, nay, our world, is run by evil morons. "
" If all else fails, there's always print or web zines. "
" I like to do things that are surprising and different. "
" Electronic distribution is more of a fall-back strategy for putting out a book that isn't deemed profitable enough to print. You hardly make any money publishing an electronic book. "
" I like a book better if I can't predict what's going to happen. "
" One of the nice things about science fiction is that it lets us carry out thought experiments. "
" I think dry nanotechnology is probably a dead-end. "
" It's tedious to watch something very obvious being worked out, like a movie that's not particularly good and after about half an hour you know how it's going to end. "
" If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations, the study of computer science can tell us about the kinds of natural phenomena that can occur. "
" Computations are everywhere, once you begin to look at things in a certain way. "
" But how does it feel to plug into a system that's say, a million times as smart as a person. "
" Traditional science is all about finding shortcuts. "
" The hard fact is that not everyone does get published. "
" It's soothing to realize that my mind's processes are inherently uncontrollable. "
" A computation is a process that obeys finitely describable rules. "
" Selling a book or story has never become absolutely automatic for me. "
" All living things are gnarly, in that they inevitably do things that are much more complex than one might have expected. "
" Advice to beginning SF writers? Write a lot, finish what you write, and when it's done, keep sending it out for quite awhile. "