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I'm not a morning person: I can't function until I've had a coffee - or several.

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I prioritise story over science, but not at the expense of being really stupid about it.

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We've had science fiction novels where China is dominant; we've had novels where India is dominant, and I suppose it's all about getting away from that cliched old tired idea that the future belongs to the West.

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I think I set myself on a course to become a scientist around about the time that Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' series was on television, and there really was no going back for me at that point, and then I went on to study space science and then ge

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I'm always a little bit cautious around invented terminology because so much science fiction is off-putting to the uninitiated. You open up the first page, and it's full of all these made-up words.

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One of the big breakthroughs I had as a writer was when I stopped agonising over every word.

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When you're writing stuff that's already clotted with neologisms and trying to get across fairly abstruse concepts, you're already putting a heavy burden on the reader.

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I couldn't ever write a straight crime novel: there'd be an intrusion of weirdness at some point.

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When I look back at many of the moments of wonder, awe, or terror that I've got from science fiction, it's often been because I've been put in the head of one of the characters.

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I'm still bothered by the threat of nuclear war.

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I'm not massively fond of right-wing nutters or war criminals.

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To be remembered at all is an achievement of sorts.

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I am playing in a playground that's already been played in. I am always aware that a lot of the furniture in science fiction is second hand.

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I always say that keeping abreast of science should never be seen as a chore. It should be something you do naturally. I don't sit there reading 'New Scientist,' putting post-it notes next to ideas.

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If there's a story I absolutely cannot tell without faster-than-light travel, then I am quite prepared to accept it - even though I don't personally believe it is possible.

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I think the danger with using the term 'trilogy' is that it sets up particular expectations in the reader's mind.

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I was never strong at maths, but I eventually got onto a university physics/astronomy course, and that led on to my Ph.D. and eventual employment.

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I'm fascinated by steam engines and with Victorian engineering generally, and as a corollary to that, I'm fascinated by the idea of long-lived technologies.

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I've never had much interest in spinoffery - the idea of writing in someone else's universe generally leaves me cold - but 'Doctor Who' is different. I've grown up with it. It's been part of my life since I was tiny, watching

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