“It always makes me laugh when I see these reviews on Goodreads, written with this kind of counterfeit authority by people living in Ohio or Colorado, who say things like, ‘I believe this is based on the author’s own adolescence, or ‘The author says the book is based on funky beach towns she’s lived in but it sounds a lot like Long Beach.’ You’re from Ohio; how would you know???”
“Age eighty, (minus not quite three) thermometer eighty, (plus rather more than four) must be accepted as an excuse my very dear Anthony both by you and my highly valued correspondent for not having acknowledged your very precious packet earlier. I am in truth grown most woefully idle, and, worse still, most woefully lazy, and this symptom is both new and disagreeable to me.”
by Lisa Peet
The Moomins’ is a warm, vaguely communal world of adventurous children—often referred to as “little animals,” which surely tapped right into my fantasy life—and unthreatening adults.
by Sonya Chung
Literarily, I am about 11 years old. This is my best explanation for why the adult stories and novels of Tove Jansson have captivated me so fully.
I read a beautiful and haunting anecdote in a guidebook to Rajasthan: it’s possible for children to reach the age of five without ever seeing rain, and therefore the ceilings and walls of royal children’s bedrooms were sometimes painted with cloud designs so that when it did finally rain, they would not be afraid. I wrote this image down, and everything else started spilling out.
“Does it really matter what gender a character is? I consider myself to be a feminist, and as a result of that there is no way that my feminism is not going to show up in my book. At the same time I think feminist science fiction is its own sub-genre.”
by Joe Schuster
Her parents, who have passed away, did not live long enough to see Leckie’s strongest argument that science fiction can be literature: her publication last year, at 47, of her first novel, Ancillary Justice.