Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen.
Treat your life like something to be sculpted.
I do not believe they've run out of surprises.
The human species really could have faced global thermonuclear war. During seventy years of Cold War we grew used to it.
We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes.
We need to take command of the solar system to gain that wealth, and to escape the sea of paper our government is becoming, and for some decent chance of stopping a Dinosaur Killer asteroid.
Anything beats an expensive stack of paper.
I love superconductors.
I'm not predicting; I just love playing with superconductors.
We should not have assumed that a political space station could be built.
In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up.
I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around looking for somebody to buy them.
My problem with new writers is that it takes me five or six years to memorise the right names.
Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new, but I don't know how long he's been doing it; he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore!
SF isn't a genre; SF is the matrix in which genres are embedded, and because the SF field is never going in any one direction at any one time, there is hardly a way to cut it off.
As for AIDS, it's a plague. We are human, we get plagues. They come along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population; in the next generation it's a quarter; after that it's a childhood disease.
I don't have a strong interest in history.
I'd visit the near future, close enough that someone might want to talk to Larry Niven and can figure out the language; distant enough to get me decent medical techniques and a ticket to the Moon.
I never got good at predicting what millions of people will suddenly decide is rational.
I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad.
I'd repair our education system or replace it with something that works.
I've spent a lot of my life among people brighter than myself.
But... watching Steven Barnes taught me to treat my life like an art form.