„I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out.“

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„Yeah, the mythology is kind of a pattern. I'm very taken by mythology. I read it at a very early age and kept on reading it. Before I discovered science fiction I was reading mythology. And from that I got interested in comparative religion and folklore and related subjects. And when I began writing, it was just a fertile area I could use in my stories.“

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„Some years ago, as Your Serene Highness well knows, I discovered in the heavens many things that had not been seen before our own age.“

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