The dogmatic self-limitation, intellectual closing of doors, I hate. I hate it when I encounter it among feminists, or among blacks, or among Christians, or among Jews, where, for what seem to them good and profound reasons, they want to block out anything they disagree with, not only for them, but block it out for everybody.
'So I stopped writing, aware that there is nothing further that I wanted to say in the world of science fiction. I’m out of touch with contemporary society—which is another good reason I don’t think I should be writing any more. The science fiction writer, in building his extrapolations, has to have a starting point in the present.' -Silverberg […]
Ouch, this quote hurts this Tolkien fan: 'What the Ring is about for me is the overreaching of the head god, who determines to cheat the two giants who build Valhalla for him, and as a result brings into the world the powerful ring—the “one ring to rule them all,” as the later and lesser creator said. ' -Silverberg, on Wagner's Ring Cycle […]
On opera: 'I have those books to this day: the four Ring operas in the four little books in a boxed set, and also an opera called The Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla that is unknown now but which caught me then.' -Silverberg