"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)
"Ignore all proffered rules and create your own, suitable for what you want to say"
(Michael Moorcock)
"Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings."
(Andre Gide)
"I want my place, my own place, my true place in the world, my proper sphere, my thing which Nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my life-time."
(Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
(Franz Kafka)
"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated"
(John Donne)
“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
(Robert J. Hanlon)
"Life is beautiful, but the world is hell"
(Harold Pinter)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Peter Watts Found Guilty



Quite incredibly, the acclaimed science fiction writer, Peter Watts, has been found "guilty of assaulting, resisting and obstructing a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer". An absolute miscarriage of justice, what justice? Peter now faces a jail sentence of up to two years - for being the victim of a thuggish and brutal assault by Officers of the Law.

Watts' real 'crime', obviously, was that of being insufficiently servile.

Brief report on the conviction
Background to the conviction
Peter's calm take on the matter
Cory Doctorow on the conviction
Charles Stross on the conviction

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