Joyful work & sad loneliness
Robert Charles Wilson’s The Cronoliths is moderately good scifi. You can see in it much of the author’s style & themes that would later make the masterpiece that is Spin. Mark Cuban, in a lengthy but very worthwhile autobiography, tells how he believes a single new good idea in a book repays its money & time price many times over. These two quotes alone made The Cronoliths worth it for me:
There was joy in her life, but she expressed it in her work — she worked with an enthusiasm that was unmistakably authentic. Her work, or her capacity to do her work, was the prize life had handed her, and she considered it adequate compensation for whatever else she might lack. Her pleasures were deep but monkish.He was lonely, but much of this was sheer intellectual loneliness. His conversation tended to trail off when he realized he had progressed to a level we couldn’t follow. He wasn’t condescending about it — at least, not very often — only visibly sad that he couldn’t share his thoughts.