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Writing Matt Miller in the Colonies – Blog Entry 10

I don’t want to give you the impression that I was locked in my room reading as a child. Most times, I was going off alone or with older kids. I lived in the city of Pittsburgh, and there was no end to the mischief an intelligent child could get into when his twenty-something parents said, “Go out and play.” I explored the world and did my best to bring it back home with me.

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Writing Matt Miller in the Colonies – Blog Entry 9

My father eventually started putting more challenging books in my room. At an early age, I was reading Jules Verne and HG Wells. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Time Machine, and War of the Worlds captivated me. Something profound leaked from my psyche when the alien ships in War, so close to destroying humanity, began to crash as they succumbed to the common cold.

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Writing Matt Miller in the Colonies – Blog Entry 8

I only want this entry to be quotes about science fiction. Maybe someday, my opinions will be quoted, but for now, I’m going to assume that I can’t say it any better than it’s already been said.

“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself…

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Writing Matt Miller in the Colonies – Blog Entry 7

I owe my father a great deal when I talk about literary influences. He was dropping science fiction on my nightstand from the time I learned to read. He was only nineteen years old when I was born, so he was just a kid. Maybe we were learning about science fiction together, or perhaps he was already a fan.

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Writing Matt Miller in the Colonies – Blog Entry 6

I wanted to talk more than a little about my literary, movie, and personal influences. Some of them may be obvious, but others not so much. I’ve read and watched a lot of stories throughout my life and probably have the record for listening to recorded success seminars.

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