“A writer’s talking about what he or she is capable of, like a writer’s talking about the worth of his or her own work, is a pretty good way for that writer to start sounding like a pompous poseur.

Above all things, the story, the poem, the text is — and is only — what its words make happen in the reader’s mind. And all readers are not the same.

Any reader has the right to say of any text: “But I didn’t think it was that good.”

Samuel R. Delany, SF Site interview with Jayme Lynn Blaschke, April 2001