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A collection of quotes and thoughts by John M. Ford on lost, challenged, saying, world, game, creating, universe, happy, humor, book, write, reading and decide.

19 Interesting Quotes By John M. Ford That Will Make You Laugh Your Head Off

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Game Designer

Born On: April 10, 1957

Died On: September 25, 2006

Born In: East Chicago

Died At Age: 49

John M. Ford was a prolific American poet, fantasy writer, science fiction and game designer. He is regarded as one of the most eccentric and scholarly American authors. He shared his thoughts, views, opinions, experiences and profoundly contributed to a number of online discussions. He also wrote parodies and pastiches of various authors and styles. At several science fiction conventions and at Minicon, he used to portray as ‘Ask Dr, Mike’ and gave drollest answers to scientific questions in front of a white board wearing a lab coat. Some of his notable works include, ‘Growing Up Weightless’, ‘Scrabble With God’, ‘The Last Hot Time’, ‘Walkaway Clause’, ‘Street of Dreams’ amongst others. We have rounded some notable quotes and sayings by John M. Ford which have been corralled from his thoughts, books, writings, lectures, seminars, conventions, online discussions, works and life. Let us take a look at the profound, humorous and meaningful quotable quotes and thoughts by John M. Ford.
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We're not lost. We're locationally challenged

John M. Ford

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.

John M. Ford

We're not lost. We're locationally challenged.

John M. Ford

At one point I intended to write precursor and sequel novels, about the establishment of the Web and its next evolution, but I am very unlikely to now; they would take place in a different universe.

John M. Ford

Creating the fictional background for a game world isn't significantly different from creating a background for fiction.

John M. Ford

I don't think anyone wants a reader to be completely lost - certainly not to the point of giving up - but there's something to be said for a book that isn't instantly disposable, that rewards a second reading.

John M. Ford

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.

John M. Ford

If I were to write Web now, it would be a much, much darker book.

John M. Ford

Askade took the battertoast, looked at it blearily. "I can't rewire it into a death ray without some extra parts," he said, and took a bite. "Hm. Tastes okay. What's the problem?

John M. Ford

Naturally, the reader has access only to the events I show and the way I show them, but as has been said, there's generally a good deal of ambiguity in that presentation.

John M. Ford

People tell me they laughed hard enough to wake their spouses, that they've given away numerous copies to friends, and that it's the one Trek book they'll give to people they wouldn't expect to like others.

John M. Ford

Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author's intent; this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.

John M. Ford

Well, it's an adventure story, and a Bildungsroman, of course, but there was also the intention to describe a culture that had been seen in rather narrow terms.

John M. Ford

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.

John M. Ford

There are people who believe in an absolutely transparent prose; with every respect for clarity of expression, I don't.

John M. Ford

The people who don't like it tend to dislike it intensely. That's unfortunate, but not surprising when one deliberately goes against audience expectations.

John M. Ford

The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect, at least if the author is concentrating.

John M. Ford

The ideal, it seems to me, is to show things happening and allow the reader to decide what they mean.

John M. Ford

The cynical part of the answer is that I expect to see a good deal more space opera, set far enough in the future as to be disconnected from contemporary issues.

John M. Ford