„I think there's a real tension between sophistication and accessibility.“

—  Daniel Abraham, Context: Writers are a basically insecure bunch. We are convinced that everything we do sucks, all the time. It's something you have to fight. The best way to make sure that your writing will never be particularly good is to use it for something besides telling the story. And I think there's a real tension between sophistication and accessibility. interview with Locus Magazine, June 2008
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