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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Writing Quote: The Influence of Virginia Woolf on Ursula K. LeGuin

You can't write science fiction well if you haven't read it, though not all who try to write it know this. But nor can you write science fiction if you haven't read anything else. Genre is a rich dialect, in which you can say certain things in a particularly satisfying way, but if it gives up connection with the general literary language it becomes a jargon, meaningful only to an inner circle of readers. Useful models may be found outside the genre. I learned a lot from reading the ever-subversive Virginia Woolf.

Ursula K. LeGuin, "Virginia Woolf," theguardian.com, May 14, 2011 

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