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American author (1956- )

A brilliant mind was never as clever as three average minds sniffing after something of interest.

ROBERT REED, "Precious Mental," Asimov's Science Fiction, Jun. 1, 2013

Honest translations were mythical beasts.

ROBERT REED, "Precious Mental," Asimov's Science Fiction, Jun. 1, 2013

The burden of intelligence: you can always imagine all those wonderful places where you can never belong.

ROBERT REED, Marrow

How could anyone survive even a single day, if he didn't feel as if he was, in some little great way, needed?

ROBERT REED, The Greatship

Time has always been a vast ocean. Last week is more remote than Alpha Centauri.

ROBERT REED, interview, Lightspeed, Mar. 2011

2001: A Space Odyssey was a wonderful conundrum when I was a boy, with its giant concepts thrown across the giant screen at Indian Hills Theater. That movie woke me up in ways that I hadn't imagined, and I went searching for book versions of the same drug.

ROBERT REED, Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors newsletter, fall 2013

I wrote when I was a young teen, but I didn’t put an eye on the available markets until I was seventeen. The next ten years felt like a self-centered experiment in personal abuse.

ROBERT REED, interview with Travis Heermann

Science fiction is really a rather tiny business compared with its giant cousin, which is fantasy.

ROBERT REED, "The Many Worlds of Science Fiction Author Robert Reed"

Why write it? I thought it would earn me money.

ROBERT REED, interview, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Dec. 18, 2012

This is a slow business to have success in. There are exceptions, but for the most part it's kind of like the last writer standing.... I've got gray. I've got plenty of gray. I'm creating a career slowly, like a coral reef.

ROBERT REED, Lincoln Journal Star, Jan. 11, 2004

I'm the only member of SFWA in Nebraska, but I don't pine away for the companionship of other science fiction writers. I [go] to very few conventions. I'm quite willing to be that eccentric who has a very odd job, quite happy to be the only science fiction writer in town.

ROBERT REED, Locus Magazine, Apr. 1998

I live for those rare and delicious moments when the words on the page take off and I am the bystander, watching as the tale shows me what will happen next.

ROBERT REED, interview with Travis Heermann

I would like to say that I have software that allows me to model worlds to a high degree of scientific plausibility. I'd also like to be six foot two and fifteen years into my reign as Emperor of Europa. The simple truth is that past the character's name and a long history of making my own body cover distances, I did very little in the way of targeted research.

ROBERT REED, interview, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Dec. 18, 2012

In a novella, a whole lot of crap can happen, and you can build momentum and suspense and leave room for a surprise or three. Stories are cut down to the most essential elements, and novels (this might be an unfair generalization on my part) are big fat clumsy efforts where the reader can snooze for a couple chapters and miss nothing of consequence. Hence my love for the middle way.

ROBERT REED, interview with Travis Heermann

Occasionally, I'll dream I'm in the factory. That will help me write. Not creatively, but more like a prod. I don't want to go back there.

ROBERT REED, Lincoln Journal Star, Jan. 11, 2004

I'm astonished how little fright I have of my own imagination. It really does baffle me that I don't get more scared because I'm capable of thinking up things that are so awful. On any given day I can imagine the worst.

ROBERT REED, "The Many Worlds of Science Fiction Author Robert Reed"

I don't believe people let things slide away. It's the nature of the universe that everything dissolves into oblivion and by every route possible, but human beings invest a lot of cleverness trying to cling to past events, real or imagined. And because we can't succeed, we get angry and frustrated and feel guilty. Except the Buddhists.

ROBERT REED, interview, Lightspeed, Mar. 2011

A favorite science fiction writer of mine is William Faulkner! It was an idea that came to me once, years ago, and I've never quite been able to shake it. This is facetious, on one level at least. There are telepaths in As I Lay Dying. But I think the most compelling thing for me is there are moments with him where I just feel these are not humans talking to each other. These are some hyper-intelligent, yet-to-be-born organisms. The way they look at the past without having any loss of knowledge – everything that ever happened is still here.

ROBERT REED, Locus Magazine, Apr. 1998

I can't point to a moment or incident that made me see that this business, this putting down words on paper, was what I would do for the rest of my lucid life. But apparently, that is my calling.

ROBERT REED, interview with Travis Heermann


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