I liked ‘Star Wars’ as a kid. I liked science fiction.
Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction. I’ve had some failures. On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam… and I’m not happy to be right in all of those cases.
That’s what I always liked about science fiction – you can make the world end. Humour is my multiple warhead delivery system.
There’s an awful lot of hanging around when you’re doing science fiction. Going down and waiting for them to set up, being told to go back to your dressing room while they change the track and the lighting and so on.
Traditionally, the science fiction reader has been the 16- to 24-year-old male, especially the male with an interest in technology.
We are living in a science fiction world.
I can enjoy ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Star Trek,’ but I really appreciate hard science fiction.
I think Douglas was a real one-off. He was so clever and so intelligent and so well read in real science that he could make science fiction work as well as it did. And just such fun to have around, he was just such a lovely man.
I have passed English medical examinations in Hong Kong… In my youth, I experienced overseas studies. The languages of the West, its literature, its political science, its customs, its mathematics, its geography, its physics and chemistry – all these I have had the chance to study.
My father was career military. He was a veteran, he was a doctor of political science, he taught at West Point and Air Command Staff and lectured at the War College.