Balticon 39.17 – Interview with Guest of Honor, Steven Barnes – Part 1

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Recorded at:

The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Balticon 39: May 27 – 30, 2005

with Paul Fischer
Balticon 39 Interview with author and Guest of Honor, Steven Barnes.
From Sunday, May 29, 2005

  • Jason, his infant son is alternately crying and sleeping in next room
  • Steven focuses on four things: writing, martial arts, friends, and family
  • “Excellence comes from an caring about what you do and spending a lot of time doing it.”
  • Steven is an extremely prolific writer
  • Larry Niven was his mentor

  • He’s written TV scripts for everything from Andromeda to Stargate SG-1 and Bay Watch
  • He wrote one of my favorite Stargate SG-1, “Brief Candle”
  • What he really wants to do is write stories
  • His view of the world is huge
  • He simplifies his life to understand the world more
  • The Five Minute Miracle
  • – his website
  • – his blog
  • Breaking up excersize into small parts taking place throughout the day
  • You learn to work on the technique and your body follows the form your mind learns
  • You strengthen the connection between the mind and the body
  • Every spiritual discipline teachs breathing control
  • You must commit to goals in all three areas of your life: physical, career, and personal relationships
  • Fear is what stops us
  • There is a path to advancement as a human being
  • Steal back from the world one hour a day for you
  • If you follow such a disipline you can approach your excellence as a human being
  • It’s scarey and exciting all at once
  • Steven continues to floor me with the endless depths of his philosophy
  • The answers to everything you wanted in life are written in the last you would look
  • Take responsibility but forgive yourself
  • No one is better than you. You are no better than anyone else.
  • When you learn you are obligated to teach
  • I am responsible for what happens to me. But I am also responsible for what does not happen.